Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) partners with governments, military installations, non-profit organizations and individuals world wide to mark World No Tobacco Day. Founded by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987, the goal of this annual event is to increase the awareness of the adverse health effects of tobacco products, which kill an estimated 6 million people worldwide every year. The theme of this years world no tobacco day centers around banning tobacco industry promotion, advertising and marketing by calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco since research has shown that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use and preventing young people from starting to smoke.
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for 10% of adult deaths worldwide. Many studies have shown that smokers cost the health care system and health insurers more than non-smokers. Stopping smoking worldwide will help prevent millions of unnecessary deaths and save a huge amount in health care costs.