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May: World No Tobacco Day

CDC Celebrates World No Tobacco Day 2014

Each year, on May 31, the global tobacco control and prevention community celebrates World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an annual awareness event that draws worldwide attention to the tobacco epidemic and highlights the need for effective policies to reduce tobacco use. This year, the World Health Organization and its partners are calling upon countries to raise taxes on tobacco products. This recommendation is among several actions also identified in the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report—The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress—to more quickly and dramatically reduce tobacco use.

Resources for Tobacco Prevention and Control

The following products and resources are available to help encourage individuals who smoke to quit and to provide support so they can protect others from secondhand smoke.

  • Feature Article
    CDC Celebrates World No Tobacco Day 2014
    This article presents a case study outlining how Turkey successfully reduced smoking rates after raising taxes and prices on cigarettes. It also identifies proven strategies that work to reduce U.S. smoking rates as well as ways to further accelerate progress in reducing tobacco use.

Support to Quit

The following free resources are available to help smokers quit.

  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
    Smokers can get free support and advice from experienced counselors, a personalized quit plan, self-help materials, the latest information about cessation medications, and more.
  • Tips From Former Smokers Web site provides more information about the Tips campaign, including additional videos and links to podcasts by participants.
  • CDC's Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site is CDC's one-stop shop for information about tobacco and smoking cessation.
  • is the Department of Health and Human Services' comprehensive Web site providing one-stop access to tobacco-related information from across its agencies. This consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco as well as federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.
  • provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.
  • SmokefreeWomen provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of women trying to quit smoking.
  • Quit Tobacco: Make Everyone Proud is a Department of Defense-sponsored Web site for military personnel and their families.
  • Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users [PDF–179 KB] is an easy-to-read guide issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • SfT (SmokefreeTeen) is a site devoted to helping teens quit smoking.
  • SmokefreeTXT is a teen texting program.
  • is a Spanish-language quitting site.
  • How to Quit provides more useful information from CDC to help you quit.
  • Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts™ brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.