World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
... Many tobacco growers feel that anti-tobacco efforts by organizations such as the WHO jeopardize their rights ... For example, the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) argues that poor farmers in Africa may suffer the consequences if WHO anti-tobacco movements succeed ... They also argue that these efforts may gang up on manufacturers of tobacco and be an attack on the industry, therefore hurting the growers ...
... May 31 of every year is World No Tobacco Day ... An event created by the World Health Organization ... This day encourages people to stop smoking for day, in hopes they will commit to quitting ...
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