Tobacco breaks hearts - choose health, not tobacco

Tobacco breaks hearts - choose health, not tobacco

In Africa alone, some 146,000 adults aged 30 years and more die every year from tobacco-related diseases. Currently, over a third of countries in the Americas are not implementing a single tobacco control measure.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the global tobacco epidemic kills more than seven million people every year, of which almost 900,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. CVD are responsible for 44% of all NCD deaths, or 17.9 million deaths annually in the world, including 2 million deaths in the Americas.

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. It will also take a pragmatic and compassionate approach to supporting Canadians who already use tobacco, to reduce the negative consequences of nicotine addiction.

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. Protect your heart, and choose health, not tobacco!

"If we can't control the consumption of tobacco among youth, the number of people with non-communicable diseases will be high when they get old, said Dr Than Sein, president of the People's Health Foundation".

An estimated four million Canadians still smoke and about 45,000 die each year from tobacco use. Tobacco kills over 7 million people each year, despite the steady reduction in tobacco use globally. This reduction of smoking in the low income groups thus is a very welcome change.

Despite the overall decline, World Health Organization regrets that only one in eight countries is on track to meet a voluntary target of a 30% cut in tobacco use by 2025, based on a 2010 baseline.

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In that regard, Dr. Mohammed Mosli, Medical Officer of Health for AHS Central Zone says if it were up to him, he wouldn't want anyone to use cannabis but admits Canada has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. "Since this year's celebration falls during the holy month of Ramadhan, make it an opportunity to improve your health by liberating yourself and your family from the dangers of tobacco and cigarette smoke", said the minister.

PMNZ General Manager, James Williams, said: "It is clear that despite the well-known health risks associated with smoking, numerous 600,000 men and women in New Zealand who smoke will continue to do so. This is why it is so important that countries accelerate the implementation of the FCTC".

The federal strategy unveiled Thursday aims to reduce the number of smokers by 2035, from the current level of about 15 per cent of the population to about five per cent or less. In the Region of the Americas there are 132 million smokers. The report shows that worldwide, 27 per cent smoked tobacco in 2000 compared to 20 per cent in 2016.

It is only governments who can help end the scourge of tobacco.

It is well known fact that cigarette smoking causes breathing problems and lung cancer. They are shifting from cigarettes to Innovative, smoke-free alternate such as electronic cigarettes or heated tobacco products.

Since then, the draft for the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill has been published for public comment.

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