Commit to Quit

The World No Tobacco Day theme for 2021 is “Commit to Quit.”

The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 as a response to the global tobacco crisis and the diseases and deaths caused by the epidemic.

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year.  More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

There is a large evidence-base from all over the world demonstrating that smoking during pregnancy and after the baby is born increases the risks of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

One study in 2000 concluded that approximately 30–40% of all cases of SIDS could be avoided if all pregnant women stopped smoking. You can look at our evidence based in more detail on our dedicated education website