Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
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Smoking dips, awareness yet to rise: World Health Organization study

Smoking dips, awareness yet to rise: World Health Organization study

Smoking tobacco cigarettes each day was associated with almost three times the risk, and using both together on a daily basis leads to five times the risk of heart attack, when compared to non-smokers.

Tobacco breaks hearts. "Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke contribute to about 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths".

It's a substance that kills more than half of its users, accounting for one in 10 adult deaths and killing more than seven million people globally each year.

"As such, quitting is the only way to dramatically reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and a variety of cancers".

As the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day, South Africa is gearing up to instate new and harsher smoking laws that have left many smokers and rights organisations fuming. It is also the world's leading case of non-communicable disease deaths, responsible for 44 per cent of all NCD deaths or 17.9 million deaths annually. "That is the number of Malaysians dying from smoking every year", he said today. And cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks are the 19 percent of the total deaths making it the highest NCD in Pakistan.

Over the years, WHO and multilateral health agencies have encouraged global tobacco regulations and advocacy on the potential health risks of tobacco consumption.

Robert Swanson, Executive Director at Red Deer Regional Hospital in the AHS Central Zone says they recognize however that tobacco use is often an addiction.

Clearly, since the infamous days of Jeffrey Wigands' revelations of the tobacco industries (particularly Brown and Williamson) deceitful advertising and malicious intent to sell tobacco consumables laced with ammonia, the substance or product continues to have drastic effects on the health of people, across the planet.

More importantly, long-term smokers can use them as a substitute for traditional cigarettes to help in quitting the habit or, at least, switch to a less risky alternative. But knowledge among large sections of the public about the multiple health risks associated with tobacco is low, says the Director-General of the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus.

It is only governments who can help end the scourge of tobacco.

The center will also start technical support for Olympic tobacco control and strengthening the assessment of a tobacco-free environment. Currently, one in four countries have insufficient data to monitor their tobacco epidemic. More than 600,000 nonsmokers are dying each year from secondhand smoke wordwide and 1/3rd of them are children, he said.

Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, (LMICS).

Vietnam is among the 15 countries with the world's highest smoking prevalence among male adults when one in every two male adults is a smoker. For those interested in quitting smoking, learn more at

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