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Protecting young people from tobacco harmful effects

Children's hands with a drawing against tobacco

source: WHO/Blink Media

As every 31 May, the World No Tobacco Day is celebrating today across the globe to raise awareness about the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure.

Under the 2024 theme Protecting children from tobacco industry interference, EU-OSHA joins the World Health Organisation (WHO) to advocate for an end to the targeting of the youth with harmful tobacco products.

Although the International Labour Organisation estimates that smoke-free policies in the workplaces have reduced total tobacco consumption among employees by an average of 29% in several industrialised countries, at least 37 million young people aged 13–15 years still use some form of tobacco worldwide, according to 2022 WHO data.

Visit EU-OSHA’s themed section on young people and OSH

Learn about how to fight tobacco smoke with Napo in…lungs at work animated video 

Read more about work-related cancer and dangerous substances

Help ensuring a smoke-free working environment for everyone with our info-sheets

Use #WNTD2024 to help raising awareness on this day