Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Quit smoking for your heart

Quit smoking for your heart

The new packaging rules for tobacco products prohibit promotional information, branding and logos, and were firmly opposed by Big Tobacco.

"As the report explains, only one in eight countries is on track to meet the voluntary global target to reduce tobacco use".

Seye Omiyefa, the Executive Director of YATCH, made the disclosure at an awareness campaign and walk to mark the 2018 World No Tobacco Day.

According to the study, tobacco kills an average of 200 people in France every day - about 73,000 people per year.

Smoking is known to kill more than seven million people across the world each year, including 890,000 from breathing in second-hand smoke.

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.

Despite the devastating harms of tobacco to heart health, and the availability of solutions to reduce tobacco-related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is low. If the trend continues on the current trajectory, the world will only achieve a 22% reduction by 2025.

The Health Minister of France recently announced that one million people in France have quit smoking within the past year. This is due to population growth, even as prevalence rates decline. For males aged 15 and over, 43 per cent smoked tobacco in 2000 compared to 34 per cent in 2015.

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The general insurer found that 49 per cent of the older grup smoked due to work pressure, compared to 36 per cent of respondents in the younger group, while an nearly qual proportion of respondents in both groups stated that they smoked to relieve daily stress quickly.

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.

Cancers, heart attacks, strokes and lung disease are the main diseases associated with tobacco.

Government data shows that 26pc of people in the country smoke cigarettes.

"It is shocking that with just a puff of cigarette, a smoker breathes more than 4,000 chemicals including arsenic which is used in rat poison and formaldehyde used to embark dead bodies".

Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, (LMICS).

Beijing and Hebei province will work together on tobacco control promotion and education, standardize tobacco-free environmental construction, enhance the supervisory system and law enforcement and provide more convenient quit-smoking services, Duan said. Electronic cigarettes have also entered some markets. In 2001, a little more than 43% of global market sales were controlled by the five leading transnational tobacco companies, (TTC).

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