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Smoking Causes More Than Seven Million Deaths

02 June 2018

WHO said that the world no tobacco day was commemorated to focus on the impact tobacco had on the cardiovascular health of people globally. Tobacco is recognised as a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. More than 80 percent of the world's smokers live in low-and middle-income countries, where the harms of tobacco use are further exacerbated by a lack of access to health care.

In addition, the world body said every person could play a role in promoting healthy hearts by committing not to use tobacco, helping others to quit, and protecting all people, including family members, workers and children, from tobacco smoke. They're reigniting this call as part of World No Tobacco Day.

The global tobacco epidemic kills more than seven million people each year and in Pakistan, 108,800 deaths are associated with tobacco. "We are committed to the next phase of our work, which aims to drive down tobacco use by Canadians to less than 5% by 2035".

Over half of all WHO Member States have reduced demand for tobacco, and nearly one in eight are likely to meet the 30% reduction target by 2025. Only one region, the Americas, is on track to reach the 2025 target of a 30% reduction among both males and females.

These include making indoor public and workplaces smoke-free and insisting that tobacco packaging carries warnings that demonstrate the health risks for users.

Francois Bourdillon is the director of the public health agency. The combination of the two, coupled with a smoker's higher cholesterol level, lead to cardiovascular diseases. "This is why it is so important that countries accelerate the implementation of the FCTC".

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

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The Consumers' Association of Penang (CAP) has urged the Finance and Health Ministries to look into introducing higher tobacco tax rate in conjunction with World's No Tobacco Day tomorrow, to encourage smokers to quit the addictive habit.

A new study by the French Department of Public Health has found that one million daily smokers in the country quit the habit in the past year. This is due to population growth, even as prevalence rates decline.

All AHS facilities are designated smoke-free environments under the AHS Tobacco and Smoke-free Environments Policy.

"It is a significant health concern and I wish that people were more aware of the programs that we have in place to support people to quit smoking", exclaims Mosli. Currently, tax on tobacco products is 70 percent of the price set by producers.

Almost 80% of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low-and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest.

Yet in many countries, there is very low awareness that smoking significantly increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.

Smoking Causes More Than Seven Million Deaths