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May 31st is World No Tobacco Day, a global day of awareness about the death and diseases caused by tobacco. Governments and civil society organizations in Africa and around the world are taking action to raise awareness and save lives.

Get the facts about the dangers of tobacco and check out #AfricaNoTobacco on Facebook and Twitter to join the fight.

Updates from Africa’s Tobacco Control Movement

All across Africa, communities and governments are mobilizing to take on the tobacco industry for a healthier future. Share updates with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.

Tobacco is a looming plague in Africa, threatening to destroy the health of Africa’s future generations.

Child smoking a cigarette

There are 77 million smokers in Africa.

Without policy intervention, it is projected that by 2100, one in four of the world’s smokers will live in Africa. This would mean 572 million people in Africa addicted to tobacco.

Tobacco companies are going all out to addict Africa’s children to their deadly products.

We should not be depressed simply because the total free world market appears to be declining. Within the total market, there are areas of strong growth; particularly in Asia and Africa… It is an exciting prospect”.

− Leaked from an internal document of British America Tobacco

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Smokers and non-smokers alike will suffer the impacts

Secondhand smoke is a poisonous mixture of more than

7000 Chemicals

at least 69 of which cause cancer.

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, we must protect the vulnerable people like children who are exposed to secondhand smoke.

But there is hope, together we can fight Big Tobacco for a healthy, thriving Africa.

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