Communications Tools for Tobacco Control


World No Tobacco Day
The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners observe World No Tobacco Day annually on May 31 to raise awareness on the negative health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, and to discourage its use. Each year, World Tobacco Day focuses on a specific campaign related to tobacco use, tobacco products, and their effects. The 2020 World No Tobacco Day theme is “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use.”

The Great American Smokeout
Hosted by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout occurs annually on the third Thursday of November to encourage smoking cessation.

  • Great American Smokeout dates:
    2020: November 19 | 2021: November 18 | 2022: November 17 | 2023: November 16 | 2024: November 21


World No Tobacco Day Campaign Materials
WHO presents downloadable campaign materials including posters, a rollup, and a web banner for World No Tobacco Day. [url; WHO, 2019]

World No Tobacco Day Social Media Material
WHO presents social media material to aid organizations and partners in promoting World No Tobacco Day’s annual theme including shareable campaign videos and the #NeverTobacco Twitter hashtag. [url; WHO, 2019]

CDC Smoking and Tobacco Use Shareable Media
Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these general resources (including videos, infographics, and buttons) provide users with shareable visual tools with topic-specific and current tobacco-related information. [url; CDC, 2019]

Great American Smokeout Event Tools and Resources
To be used specifically in connection with the Great American Smokeout event, these materials allow organizations to promote and support this national event with posters, stickers, flyers, table signs, and more for any audience. [url; American Cancer Society]

Do you know of a great resource that no tobacco control communications toolkit should be without? Tell us about it! Send your suggestions to Amanda Reddy or Christopher Bloom.