Smoking harmful to entire human body, not just lungs, says expert — Interview

Around 315 million people smoke in China consuming more than a third of the world's cigarettes

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For World No Tobacco Day 2018, WHO has collaborated with World Heart Federation to highlight the link between tobacco and cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

Cardiovascular diseases kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide while tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths. The other area of awareness is the feasible actions that governments and the public can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco.

The WHO said, "The tobacco epidemic was one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than seven million people each year".

"More than 104 million people in India alone continue to imperil their health by using combusted tobacco every day".

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

The footage, released yesterday for World No Tobacco Day, ends with the message "protect your heart and choose health - not tobacco". This is an established medical fact that tobacco use is major cause of heart attacks or strokes in the country.

The Health Secretary also encouraged the local government units "to pass stringent ordinances in support to EO (Executive Order) 26 [the nationwide smoking ban order] and that additionally, the DOH is very much willing to provide technical assistance as needed".

The Foundation is taking a new approach to help smokers quit or reduce their risks. But evidence reveals a serious lack of knowledge of the multiple health risks associated with tobacco.

The WHO official said the small alpine country was good at monitoring tobacco use and prevention measures.

Despite almost seven of 10 smokers in Delhi being aware that smoking is risky, 53 per cent have been unsuccessful in their attempts to quit, new data released by Foundation for a Smoke-Free World showed.

"Nicotine, a chemical that is found naturally in tobacco, is as addictive as heroin or cocaine and is attributed to stimulating the body to produce adrenaline, causing faster heart rate".

Latest data from the WHO report indicates that there are around 1.1 billion smokers in the world today - the same number as at the turn of the century. Most of the cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancer types, including some 80-85% of lung cancer are caused by long-term smoking.

Yet in many countries, there is low awareness that smoking significantly increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, World Health Organization said. The report also shows that the target of a 30% reduction in tobacco use by 2025 among people aged 15 and older is not on track to being met at the global level, with the current pace of decline indicating only a 22% reduction by that time. Currently, tax on tobacco products is 70 percent of the price set by producers. Eighty percent of these deaths occur in low to middle-income countries.

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