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World No-Tobacco Day -- May 31, 1996

World No-Tobacco Day is an annual international event that encourages governments, communities, and other groups to become more aware of the hazards of tobacco use and requests all persons who use tobacco to quit for at least 24 hours. This year's event will be held May 31, 1996; the theme is "Sports and the Arts Without Tobacco."

The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Olympic Committee, is cosponsoring World No-Tobacco Day. This year's initiative extends the growing awareness among arts institutions and sports and other event organizers that their events and activities should not be linked to products that impair health and cause premature death (1).

Additional information about World No-Tobacco Day 1996 is available from the WHO Regional Office for the Americas (telephone {202} 861-3200); from the National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery (telephone {215} 477-4113); and from CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (telephone {770} 488-5705).


  1. World Health Organization. World No-Tobacco Day, 31 May 1996 {Advisory kit}. Geneva: World Health Organization, 1996.

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