Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Six million people die from smoking globally every year

Six million people die from smoking globally every year

On the occasion of "World No Tobacco Day", the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that on any day around 11 million cigarettes are consumed every minute, around the world and about 10 people die thanks to smoking.

Commenting on the decline in Swiss smokers, Daniel Dauwalder, a spokesman for the Federal Office of Public Health, pointed out that Swiss tobacco legislation was "relatively liberal".

Around 40,000 people die of smoking-related diseases in the country every year, and numerous diseases like cancers, cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are leading death causes in Vietnam, he noted.

Governments can adopt the WHO Framework Convention Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to reduce tobacco use and protect people from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

"Exposure to passive smoking for children and adolescents is extremely unsafe, causing serious respiratory problems such as asthma and increasing their risk of coronary heart disease", he said.

While in India and Indonesia, more than half of adults are unaware that smoking can cause strokes.

"In addition, every person can 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". The report shows that worldwide, 27% smoked tobacco in 2000, compared to 20% in 2016.

Although concrete actions and measures exist to stem the tide of tobacco related diseases, the World Health Organization said more needed to be done to further raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use. If the trend continues on the current trajectory, the world will only achieve a 22% reduction by 2025.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, marked World No Tobacco Day by launching Canada's Tobacco Strategy.

There are several factors that have led to the decrease in the number of cigarette smokers. The prevalence of smokers in the region has declined from 28.0% in 2000 to 17.4% in 2015.

"Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD after high blood pressure", it said.

The proposed measure is being studied by Health Department officials, Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Thursday as she announced Canada's tobacco strategy.

"In addition, exposure to cigarette smoke at a young age can encourage children and adolescents to start or keep up smoking habits until adulthood". Currently, one in four countries have insufficient data to monitor their tobacco epidemic.

The American Lung Association and Pfizer developed Quitter's Circle*, an online community and mobile app to help guide smokers through the quit smoking process.

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

Seye Omiyefa, the Executive Director of YATCH, made the disclosure at an awareness campaign and walk to mark the 2018 World No Tobacco Day. We must overcome obstacles to implementing measures like taxation, marketing bans and implementing plain packaging.

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