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World No Tobacco Day 2013 Calls for Tobacco Ad Ban

May 31, 2013

Tobacco control advocates around the world today are marking World No Tobacco Day, organized by the World Health Organization to focus attention on the devastating global toll of tobacco use and the need for nations to take strong action to save lives.

This year, World No Tobacco Day is highlighting the deadly impact of tobacco marketing and calling on nations to ban all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (or to restrict tobacco marketing to the extent allowed by their constitutions).

In the U.S. alone, tobacco companies spend $8.8 billion a year — $1 million an hour — to market their deadly and addictive products. Worldwide, tobacco companies spend billions more to lure new users, especially kids, and keep current customers hooked. By cracking down on these practices, nations can reduce tobacco use — especially among kids.

World No Tobacco Day activities are highlighting both progress and challenges in the global fight against tobacco:

Tobacco use kills nearly six million people worldwide each year and will kill one billion people this century unless countries take urgent and effective action. These deaths are entirely preventable if nations implement proven solutions.

Image source: Flickr user stdbrouw. (Creative Commons).