World No Tobacco Day targets habit that 'breaks hearts'

World No Tobacco Day targets habit that 'breaks hearts'

World No Tobacco Day targets habit that 'breaks hearts'

"When I look at the rates of tobacco use, we have certainly come a long ways, but I personally believe a lot of work needs to be done in this area", said Petitpas Taylor. "You may have heard this a million times, smoking is unsafe to your health, but we still want to remind you every time we have a chance", said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during a press conference Thursday at the DOH Central office in Manila.

Today May 31, 2018 is World No Tobacco Day and Sierra Leone together with WHO is highlighting how tobacco threatens the development of nations.

In Brunei Darussalam, heart disease and stroke are the second and fourth highest cause of death, which, if combined, account for about 20 per cent of deaths in 2016.

Dr Tedros Adhanom, WHO chief, yesterday called for more awareness over the links between smoking and heart disease.

How many people does smoking kill?

But many people are unaware that almost half of those deaths, around three million, are due to heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes.

How does tobacco damage the heart?

The American Cancer Society says these alternative tobacco products should be taxed just as high as cigarettes.

Smoking also unleashes poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide, which replaces oxygen in the blood - reducing the availability of oxygen for the heart.

A recent community based study done by some Indian medical college students on prevalence of tobacco smoking say's that reasons to smoke are mostly psychological.

Twenty-five per cent of smokers are using e-cigarette or vaping device to cut down smoking.

In India and Indonesia, meanwhile, more than half of all adults do not know that the habit can lead to a stroke.

WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan says tobacco threatens the world.

Tobacco sales have even declined in China, down by 10 percent from a peak in 2012, according to the Euromonitor International market research group. Alternative to cigarettes available and countries already delivering on those smoke-free ambitions, the incentive is there for the lawmakers to support Indian smokers who deserve a better option.

"Policies that regulate tobacco, promote smoke-free environments and encourage people to quit smoking will contribute to improving the health and well-being of all people", said Moeti. It is the initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the intention to draw the attention of the global community to the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

"Smoking impacts the person who smokes, as well as his or her loved ones around them", states Mosli.

But it warned that the pace of reduction was too slow.

A Chinese health department official said on May 28 that 180 million children in the country have been harmed by passive smoking and about 6.9 percent of all Chinese teenagers smoke.

Some 1.1 billion people on the planet - about 15 percent of the Earth's population - are smokers, according to the World Health Organization.

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