Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease

Lynette PayneJun 02, 2018

Public health England in the United Kingdom, the food and drug administration in the United States and many other regulators and health authorities across the world have appreciated that anti-smoke products such as electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco devices can offer a less harmful alternative to the tobacco cigarettes.

"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.

Tobacco kills over 7 million people each year, despite the steady reduction in tobacco use globally, based on statistics and forecasts for the period 2000-2025.

Although thought to be considerably safer than tobacco cigarettes, studies have linked long-term use to heart disease and cancer.

It urged countries to protect people from exposure to tobacco smoke by creating a completely smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces and public transport.

Duque advised current smokers to quit smoking and seek help through phone-supported tobacco cessation called Quitline (165-364), which was launched past year, providing real-time counseling and support.

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO's Department for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, warned there is still a lack of awareness of the risks of the harmful habit.

A tobacco-free society should remain a goal, Cunningham said, adding that federal and provincial cannabis legislation is modelled from lessons learned from tobacco.

CASES of coronary heart disease that require special treatment are increasing from year to year, according to the number of registrations at the Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), which recorded 143 patients in 2016 and 152 the following year.

Tobacco in any form is detrimental to health.

To stop the diseases caused by tobacco use, let us make every day a "World No Tobacco Day". Secondhand smoke cannot only cause an upsurge in cardiovascular risk in nonsmokers, but also increases the risk manifold as exposure increases.

"As the report explains, only one in eight countries is on track to meet the voluntary global target to reduce tobacco use".

The global health agency, in the report by health experts, said spreading the message that tobacco caused deadly illnesses such as heart disease and stroke helped prevent "needless" loss of life.

In the world of 1.1 billion smokers, more than 60% of them belong to Asian countries.

"Many persons think that if you practise healthy lifestyles such as high levels of physical activity and healthy diet and smoke tobacco products, you won't be at risk for heart attack and stroke - this is not so". It focused on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

Since then, the draft for the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill has been published for public comment. Eighty percent of these deaths occur in low to middle-income countries.

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