Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

World Cancer Day

4 February 2010

Tobacco use is a risk factor for certain kinds of cancer, including of the larynx, liver, lung, mouth, oesophagus and stomach. If fewer people smoked or were exposed to tobacco smoke, there would be fewer such cancers.

The World Health Organization's Tobacco Free Initiative supports World Cancer Day, which takes place annually on 4 February under the sponsorship of the International Union Against Cancer, a nongovernmental organization in official relations with WHO.

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For more information about World Cancer Day, the role of tobacco use in the epidemic of cancer and WHO's efforts to control tobacco use, visit the following web pages: