The world may not meet tobacco reduction target, WHO warns

02 June, 2018, 19:17 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Around 315 million people smoke in China consuming more than a third of the world's cigarettes

Many of us are now trying to quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes, but by using the devices we may be exposing ourselves to a new health risk.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than seven million people each year.

He also called for "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". 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. This increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco use are the leading causes of cardiovascular disease and are linked to some three million deaths per year.

The high level of carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen the blood carries, causing vital organs such as heart, lungs, brain don't receive enough oxygen to perform everyday functions.

This World No Tobacco Day, doctors point out how tobacco is a major risk factor for strokes, coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases but awareness on this fact continues to be low among city's population.

Of the 13 countries the Foundation surveyed, the majority of smokers in each consider themselves addicted to cigarette, ranging from 60 per cent in India to 91 per cent in Japan.


"Some people have suggested the idea of putting a warning on individual cigarettes and using what we call sliding shell", she told the Tobacco Control Forum on World No Tobacco Day.

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".

A study published in The Lancet medical journal in April 2017 says the percentage of people using tobacco every day has dropped in 25 years. As per data, 19 per cent of men, 2 per cent of women and 10.7 per cent of all adults now smoke tobacco, while 29.6 per cent of men, 12.8 per cent of women and 21.4 per cent of all adults now use smokeless tobacco.

According to the Public Health France, this decline is the most significant one seen in the past decade. A policy which prohibits tobacco and tobacco-like consumption, including cannabis in or on all grounds, facilities, property or vehicles in an area owned, operated leased or funded by AHS. Choose health, not tobacco.

When a person smokes, it is not just their health that is at risk, but also the health of everyone around them.

Questioned about how to reconcile a robust tobacco initiative with the introduction of legal recreational cannabis by late summer, Petitpas Taylor said marijuana rules are necessary given Canada has the highest number of cannabis users among youth in developed countries.

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