Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

World No Tobacco Day 2002

Tobacco Free Sports — Play it Clean

The World No Tobacco Day theme for 2002 was Tobacco Free Sports--Play it Clean! In response to the global appeal for action, WHO and its partners launched a campaign to clean sports of all forms of tobacco — tobacco consumption, and exposure to second-hand smoke, tobacco advertising, promotion and marketing.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), International Olympic Committee (IOC), Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Olympic Aid and other regional and local sports organizations have joined WHO in this campaign for Tobacco Free Sports. Tobacco free events were organized all over the world, including the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in the U.S. and the 2002 FIFA World Cup in the Republic of Korea and Japan.

Athletes, sports organizations, national and local sports authorities, school and university sports teams, sports media and everyone interested in physical activity are invited to join this campaign for Tobacco Free Sports. WHO urges people everywhere to take back their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations from the preventable death and disease caused by tobacco.

World No Tobacco Day 2002 celebrations around the world

African Region

Setif, Algeria. El Amel Association for the Prevention of Drug Addicition's Tobacco Free Football tournament, 18 May-4 June and Tobacco Free Marathon. For more information contact Dr Sana Benhenni,

Zaria, Nigeria. Oncology sub-committee of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital World No Tobacco Day seminar. For more information, contact Dr. G.O. Ogunrinde,

Nigeria. Journalists Advocacy For Safe Environment & Tobacco Eradication’s visit major Nigerian media houses to further raise awareness on the tobacco epidemic among editors. World No Tobacco Day tv programme on African Independent Television, 8-9h (Nigerian Time). For more information, contact

Lomé, Togo. School and media campaign on tobacco free sports. For more information, contact Thomas L. Tchassao,

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Lebanon. World No Tobacco Day meeting of the Lebanese Medical Society. For more information, contact Rima Khalil, National Antismoking Board,

Karachi, Pakistan. World No Tobacco Day walk with Olympic Hockey gold medalist, Islahuddin; World Cup Cricket wicket keeper, Moin Khan; and squash legend Jahangir Khan. For more information, contact Dr Javaid Khan,

Rawalpindi Pakistan. Department of Community Medicine, Rawalpindi Medical College, World No Tobacco Day poster competition and Tobacco Free Sports lecture. For more information, contact Dr Abdus Sattar Chaudhry,

Pakistan. Press conference and World No Tobacco Day celebration with sports personalities and Minister for Sports and Culture as special guests. For more information, contact Dr Ehsan Latif,

Information from WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office

European Region

La Baule, France. Tobacco Free Sports school programme. For more information, contact Jean-Pierre GIRAULT, Mairie de la Baule, .

Rennes, France. Presentation of "paroles d'étudiants à propos du tabac" (Students’ words about tobacco—interviews with students at the Université Rennes. For more information, contact Jean-Noël PAYRE,

Turin, Italy. "Love yourself": open air markets in 34 towns in the Piedmont Region featuring information about the dangers of tobacco and how to quit. For more information, contact

Plopeni, Romania. Distribution of World No Tobacco Day information and counselling at a local hospital. For more information, contact Stephanie Griffith,

Switzerland. Seventeen national sports organizations (as of 15 May) sign a Tobacco Free Sports Charter--Sport. Espace sans fumée. For more information, visit

South Yorkshire, United Kingdom. South Yorkshire Alliance Against Tobacco. Signature of a tobacco free sport charter with local football, rugby and other sports clubs. For more information contact Sally Jenks,

Warwickshire, England. Smoke Free Warwickshire protests at tobacco company-sponsored snooker and golf completions. Launch of "Smoke Free Warwickshire Guide to Pubs," reviews of 179 area pubs that offer smoke free areas. For more information, contact Denise Sommerville,

Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Institute of Public Health of Serbia and University of Belgrade on tobacco and sports jingle contest, tennis tournament and World No Tobacco Day masquerade ball. For more information, contact Andjelka Dzeletovic,

Region of the Americas

Barbados. Tobacco Free Sports workshop for all physical education teachers in collaboration with the National Anti-doping Commission, UNICEF/National Council on Substance Abuse Anti-Tobacco Research Project review, Healthy Lifestyles Extravaganza in Queen's Park. For more information, visit

Manitoba, Canada. Manitoba Youth for Clean Air (MYCA) with Health Canada, Manitoba Health, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will hold a tobacco free rally and special event with the Winnipeg Goldeyes team. For more information, contact Lorne Korol

St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. Teen Tobacco Team tobacco free sports celebrations. For more information, contact Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador,

El Salvador. XXI Central American and Caribbean Games, November 2002, go tobacco free! Signing and awards ceremony with Ministry of Health, the Olympic committee of El Salvador and the Pan-American Health Organization andthe presidents of the 33 sports federations of El Salvador . For more information, contact Dr Armando Peruga,

Guatemala City, Guatemala. World No Tobacco Day walk and sports activities organized by the National Association against Smoking and the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. Workshop on Smoking with youth leaders of Guatemala City, organized by the National League against Cancer. For more information, contact Dr Armando Peruga,

Lima, Peru. World No Tobacco Day student celebrations and sports activities in the Great Park of Lima. Release of 100,000 white balloons as a symbol of smoke free air while fire stations and cars sound their sirens and horns to mark the moment. For more information, contact Dr Armando Peruga,

Alameda County, California, United States. World No Tobacco Day Smoking Cessation Support Group for Spanish-speaking adults, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center. For more information, contact Carlos Londono,

Cleveland, United States. Cuyahoga County Tobacco Control Coalition World No Tobacco Day Walk in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, contact Kathleen Kne,

Mohawk Valley, United States. Mohawk Valley’s local bowling alley to go Smoke Free on WNTD. For more information, contact Julie Rudwall,

Sitka, Alaska, United States. World No Tobacco Day Volleyball Tournament. For more information, contact the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Sitka,

Salisbury, Maryland, United States. Tobacco Free Baseball with the Delmarva Shorebirds team. For more information, please contact Sharon Johnson, .

Washington, D.C., United States. World No Tobacco Day celebrations, including announcement of WNTD award winners, at headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). For more information, contact Dr Armando Peruga,

Caracas, Venezuela. World No Tobacco Day walk. Special award ceremony for star Tobacco Free Sports retired athlete and sports announcer, Mr Chiquitín Etegui. Inauguration of smoking cessation center. Venezuelan National Oil Company, PDV, will go tobacco free. For more information, contact Natasha Herrera,

Monagas, Venezuela. Quit &Win Monagas competition award ceremony. For more information, contact Natasha Herrera

South-East Asian Region

Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ayomoy Cultural Center of Karail, Banani World No Tobacco Day information campaign. For more information, contact

Dehli, India. Release of short film. For more information, contact HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth) and SHAN(Student Health Action Network),

Hyderabad, India. Kurnool Medical College Doctors' Forum media briefing on tobacco and sports. For more information, contact Dr.K.Suresh,

Mumbai, India. Free oral cancer screening and information for the public. For more information, contact Dr V.S. Rege,

Indonesia. Seminar on smoking and sport and book launch. For more information , contact Dr Tjandra Yoga Aditama,

Thailand. Tobacco Free Sports campaigns with sports organizations, press conferences and Yoga to Put Out Smoking: yoga to help smokers to quit. For more information, contact

Western Pacific Region

Hong Kong, China. Official opening ceremony of the Smoking Counselling and Cessation Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, attended by swimming, badminton and bowling champions. Signing of Tobacco Free Sports pledge by sports champions and student health ambassadors. For more information, contact Alice Tso,

Manila, Philippines. World No Tobacco Day celebration planned to make Malacañang Palace Compound, Manila tobacco free. For more information, contact Benjamin Madrasto, Jr.,

Singapore. 398 establishments, including 7 bars, 2 discos and 21 pubs go tobacco free by withdrawing cigarette sales for World No Tobacco Day. Instead of ashtrays, Harry’s Bar along Boat Quay offers information of how to quit smoking. For more information, contact Leona Lo,

  • Information from WHO Western Pacific Regional Office
    The Western Pacific Regional Office of WHO, located in Manila, Philippines, has developed an advocacy kit for broadcasters, sportscasters, teachers, community leaders and others who love sports and want to stimulate dialogue and influence action for Tobacco Free Sports. For more information about this kit, please contact Dr Harley Stanton, .