The World No Tobacco Day is an international campaign aimed at preventing tobacco-related diseases. Supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), the campaign was traditionally celebrated on 31 May and was joined by a number of members of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic.
The use of tobacco products is still one of the leading causes of death worldwide and in the European Region. Smoking is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as lung cancer and heart disease. However, these risks can be avoided by a change in lifestyle. The motto of this year's edition was: “Tobacco – a threat to development”.
On the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day, a series of anti-smoking awareness events were held. In addition to the WHO, the campaign was also supported by the National Institute of Public Health (for more info, see www.szu.cz). Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions prepared a number of events such as the “Paths to Clean Air”, contests and theatre performances with anti-smoking themes for children, and lectures and health advice for adults.