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World No-Tobacco Day, 1995

The increase in cigarette smoking worldwide since 1950 has been particularly dramatic in developing countries and has been associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and economic costs (1,2). Each year, tobacco use accounts for at least 3 million deaths worldwide (1-3). Based on current smoking trends, in 30-40 years, tobacco use is projected to cause 10 million deaths annually, of which 70% will occur among persons in developing countries (1). The global health-care costs resulting from tobacco use exceed $200 billion per year -- more than twice the current health budgets of all developing countries combined (4).

To increase global awareness of tobacco-attributable morbidity, mortality, and economic costs, the theme of the eighth World No-Tobacco Day, to be held May 31, 1995, is "Tobacco Costs More Than You Think." Additional information about World No-Tobacco Day 1995 is available from the Regional Office for the Americas, World Health Organization (telephone {202} 861-3200), or from CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (telephone {404} 488-5705).


  1. Peto R, Lopez AD, Boreham J, Thun M, Heath C. Mortality from smoking in developed countries, 1950-2000. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1994.

  2. World Health Organization. World No-Tobacco Day, 31 May 1995 {Advisory kit}. Geneva: World Health Organization, 1995.

  3. World Health Organization. World No-Tobacco Day, 31 May 1995 {Press kit}. Geneva: World Health Organization, 1995.

  4. Barnum H. The economic burden of the global trade in tobacco. Tobacco Control 1994;3:358-61.

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