To stop related diseases, make every day an anti-tobacco day

To stop related diseases, make every day an anti-tobacco day

To stop related diseases, make every day an anti-tobacco day

Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director, Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases at World Health Organization, told journalists in Geneva that tobacco use is falling globally but it still kills more than seven million people a year.

Meanwhile, other non-communicable diseases linked to smoking which are also top causes of deaths and diseases among Filipinos are: cancer, stroke, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and other heart diseases, said Duque.

Minister Torosyan spoke in favour of the adoption of the Health Ministry-drafted bill to reduce and prevent the negative effects of tobacco products use in the country, at the same time stressing the need to make some changes in the bill regarding the fines on those who might fail to comply with the measure.

Worldwide, smoking causes one in 10 deaths, half of them in just four countries - China, India, the U.S. and Russian Federation, according to the Lancet.

Despite all efforts at tobacco control, w.h.o says annually, the substance costs households and governments over $1.4 trillion, an equivalent of about 504 trillion Naira.

By Robin GomesCardiovascular diseases (CVD) kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 17% of all heart disease deaths.


The GATS stated that the awareness campaigns used to ask people to quit using tobacco, worked well.

Almost 80% of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low-and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest. But evidence reveals a serious lack of knowledge of the multiple health risks associated with tobacco.

Tobacco smoke contains 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds that are poisonous to the body, and when inhaled they enter the lung and then the blood where it is transported all over the body. More than 600,000 nonsmokers are dying each year from secondhand smoke wordwide and 1/3rd of them are children, he said.

"The most effective measures to reduce the percentage of smokers such as more expensive cigarettes or tobacco advertising bans are not likely to gain sufficient political support right now", he said.

"WHO has estimated that tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) is now responsible for the death of about six million people across the world each year with numerous deaths occurring prematurely". For women, 11 per cent smoked in 2000, compared to 6 per cent in 2015. Currently, one in four countries have insufficient data to monitor their tobacco epidemic. Tobacco use damages nearly every organ in the body.

PMNZ hopes the New Zealand Government will act quickly to ensure there are risk-proportionate regulations applied to smoke-free products to ensure smokers understand the difference between cigarettes and smoke-free alternatives. Around 80 percent of the smokers globally belong to low and middle income countries. Not smoking tobacco is one of the few key habits individuals can cultivate for their health and the health of their families.

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