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World No Tobacco Day 2016

(May 31, 2016)

Every year around six million people die as a result of tobacco use—more than 480,000 in the U.S. alone. That's why the American Lung Association joins the World Health Organization (WHO) to observe World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday, May 31.

The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over all tobacco products. However, for many years, the FDA failed to assert (or "deem") its full authority over all tobacco products.

On May 5 of this year, in a historic announcement by the Obama Administration, the FDA now has the authority to oversee the manufacturing, sales and marketing of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah. The Lung Association has worked toward these commonsense protections for several years. This is a major step in the right direction toward protecting our youth, and future generations from harmful tobacco products. You can learn more from a blog post by our National President and CEO, Harold P. Wimmer.

While this announcement is a great victory for public health, our work is far from over. We must continue to work to protect the law from the efforts of some in Congress to block or weaken it. World No Tobacco Day is the perfect time to take action and help protect kids from tobacco. Join us on social media, using #notobacco4kids to tell Congress to choose kids' health over tobacco profits! In fact, you can take action: send a note to your Members of Congress.

Becoming Tobacco Free

The Lung Association also commemorates World No Tobacco Day by urging smokers to quit and by providing the tools and information they need to go tobacco-free for good! To help smokers quit, the Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking®, a proven quit smoking program available online at any time, over the phone through the Lung HelpLine and through in-person groups sessions. Through Freedom From Smoking, we'll help you prepare for your Quit Day, then guide you through those first months by helping you identify triggers and manage the urge to smoke, until you are well on your way to smokefree success! 

Visit or call 1-800-LUNGUSA to speak to a trained smoking cessation counselor for more information. In addition to Freedom From Smoking, you can enhance your quit attempt by downloading the free Quitter's Circle mobile app, developed by the American Lung Association and Pfizer. Track your progress through daily check-ins and invite your friends and family to join as supporters, so they can help keep you on track and offer support and motivation throughout your quit.

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