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World Health Organization ramps up war on tobacco (video included)

World Health Organization ramps up war on tobacco (video included)

He said: 'Most people know that using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people aren't aware that tobacco also causes heart disease and stroke.

He also urged everybody to 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. Tobacco is recognised as a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

Recent years have seen neutral packaging, reimbursements for people using tobacco substitutes, higher cigarette pricing and campaigns like the national tobacco-free month.

"You do not have to be a heavy smoker or smoking for a long time to have a heart attack and stroke due to tobacco smoke". Tobacco addiction is a chronic relapsing medical condition making access to proven quit-smoking support critical.

He added that Pakistan ratified and became a party to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2004.

In the region of the Americas, tobacco is responsible for 900,000 deaths per year, including 72,000 premature deaths caused by second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke, and associated with 11% of the deaths caused by CVD.

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Commenting on efforts to encourage people to quit, the United Nations health expert warned that only around 12 per cent countries are on track to meet global targets to reduce by one-third the number of people dying from non-communicable diseases by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. The theme of WNTD 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease". The number of smokers in the world has barely changed this century: it was also 1.1 billion in 2000.

He said one reason was that the carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke starved the blood of oxygen and this meant that the heart had to pump much harder to supply the body with the oxygen it requires.

He says smoking cigarettes can also lead to heart disease, lung disease, brain disease, strokes and can be the cause of cancer in nearly any organ of the body.

It is well known fact that cigarette smoking causes breathing problems and lung cancer. Currently, one in four countries have insufficient data to monitor their tobacco epidemic. "You may have heard this a million times, smoking is unsafe to your health, but we still want to remind you every time we have a chance", said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during a press conference Thursday at the DOH Central office in Manila.

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.

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted in November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties in Seoul, South Korea, and is open for ratification, acceptance and approval by the parties to the WHO FCTC.


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