Tobacco control

World No Tobacco Day, A history of celebrations in the Pacific from 2006 to 2010



[Left] On behalf of Dr Chen Ken, WHO Representative in the South Pacific, Dr Capuano, OIC, gave a speech.
[Right] Dr Capuano, Dr Li Dan, TFI Focal Point in WHO/SP (left) and WHO staff wearing tobacco free T-shirts during the WNTD activities in Fiji on 29 May, 2008.

The World No Tobacco Day celebration was held in Suva, Fiji on 29 May, 2008. Approximately 150 adults and university students attended. A number of different items took place during the celebration; including speeches, poetry readings, quizzes and visual displays by the Land Transport Authority. The celebrations generated extensive media coverage, a segment on Fiji TV and 7 articles in the top three Fiji national newspapers (Fiji Times, Fiji Sun and Fiji Daily Post).


[Left] Nauru Health Minister, Hon. Mathew Batsiua, gave his address.
[Right] Youths from a school singing “Say no to Tobacco, say no”, a modified version of the African song “Say no to apartheid, say no.” Children vocalized no more apartheid, no more tobacco.

In Nauru, the Minister for Health, Hon. Mathew Batsiua, gave his WNTD address. A poster competition was held. Posters, flyers, pencil cases (from WHO Suva Office) were displayed. Youths from a school sang “Say no to Tobacco, say no”, a modified version of the African song “Say no to apartheid, say no”.


[Left] Dr Victor M. Yano, Minister of Health in Palau with the Quit & Win winners.
[Right] Sunrise of a tobacco-free young girl in Palau; Sunrise of tobacco control; Sunrise of our future!

For World No Tobacco Day in Palau, the annual 5k and 10K walk/run attracted 183 participants. The Palau’s President attended the walk/run. In addition, a government payroll check message regarding WNTD that is distributed to over 2,000 government employees. This year, a Quit and Win Contest was also conducted, and had over 400 people quit smoking for the month of May.


[Above] WNTD Poster

A l’occasion de la Journée Mondiale sans Tabac du 31 mai, la Direction de la Santé lance une vaste campagne d’information sur la mise en place de la nouvelle réglementation anti-tabac en Polynésie française. S’inscrivant dans une stratégie globale de communication, cette campagne prévoit 3 temps forts jusqu’à l’entrée effective de ce nouveau dispositif


[Left] Hon. Minister of Health in Tuvalu, Iakoba Taeia Italeli addressing the audience on WNTD 2008.
[Right] Mr WNTD and Miss WNTD, winners of the Tuvalu WNTD knowledge competition on tobacco control and beauty talent show.

The Tuvalu Association of Non-governmental Organizations and the Tuvalu Tobacco Control Coalition are running activities and awareness campaigns, starting from 25th May, 2008. The Tobacco Control Coalition consists of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Tuvalu, Tuvalu National Council of Women, Tuvalu Family Health Association, Tuvalu Red Cross and Community Youth and Women’s Leaders, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Association, Fetuvalu High School etc. Activities include Church services, poetry competitions, and debates etc.


World No Tobacco Day

  1. 2010
  2. 2008
  3. 2007
  4. 2006