This year outstanding contributions to tobacco control as a crucial measure to Rolling back noncommunicable diseases to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) will be highlighted.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for nominations for the World No Tobacco Day Awards of individuals or organizations in the Region of the Americas for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.  The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 30 March 2017.

Nominees can be individuals or a collective that works on tobacco control, and that have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the policies and measures contained in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its guidelines, particularly in relation to the theme of the World No Tobacco Day, "Tobacco - a threat to development".


There will be a maximum of six World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) awards per WHO region. Two of the awardees might be granted special recognition by means of a WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award.

The closing day for submissions is Thursday, 30 March 2017

Who can be nominated

Nominations can be made for a particular action of for a group of actions, or for the body of the nominee's work in the area of tobacco control at any local, national, regional or international level.  The nominee may have set a meritorious example for others in the tobacco control movement.  WHO or other United Nations staff, people or collectives employed by or involved with the tobacco industry and their relatives, and people or collectives who had received a World No Tobacco Day award in the two previous years cannot be nominated.

How to submit a nomination

Nominations can be submitted using the nomination form below to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of WHO for the Americas to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, download the Nominations guidelines

Award selection

A committee formed by Director of the WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND), the Programme Manager of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, a representative from the Convention Secretariat of the WHO FCTC and the six Regional Advisers will examine the nominations and will select up to six candidates per region based on merit.

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