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Hello!

On 31 May, celebrate World No Tobacco Day by helping us to end the tobacco pandemic!

Did you know that tobacco kills more than 8 million people every single year, including 1.2 million non-users who breathe in secondhand smoke? Tobacco use causes serious diseases, including many cancers, respiratory diseases, heart disease, and stroke. Most of these preventable diseases and deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where smoking is normalized, prevalence is high, and the tobacco industry is aggressive and influential.

Tobacco is also destructive to the environment at every single stage of its cycle - cultivation, product manufacture, distribution, consumption, and post-consumption. The tobacco cycle ruins soil quality, perpetuates global deforestation, exposes growers to harmful substances, pollutes the air, and generates massive amounts of toxic waste, including hundreds of millions of kilograms of cigarette butts each year as well as materials from electronic smoking devices.

Over the past two years, tobacco companies have even capitalized on the COVID-19 pandemic by presenting themselves as helpers via tokenistic corporate social responsibility initiatives, while continuing to interfere with and undermine public health policies in order to protect their own interests and profits.

This is your chance to stand up and take action against this manipulative and unnecessary industry! Your donation will help advance evidence-based strategies and policies to save as many lives as possible from tobacco and to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the devastating harm it inflicts globally. 

And until 31 July 2022, all donations received up to USD 100,000 will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Any amount counts for double the impact!

Donors like you will help us to collectively make a lasting impact on global health. Thank you for taking a stand towards a world free from tobacco!

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