Smoking: a rundown on lighting up | Life , Health

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Smoking: a rundown on lighting up | Life , Health

Each year, since 1987, World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 to draw attention of the public to the tobacco epidemic. But he described smoke-free policies and tobacco-related advertising bans across the 26-canton state as "very patchy".

World Health Organization advised countries to also offer help to people who wished to quit tobacco use by covering the cost of their treatments, provide medical care, counselling and toll-free lines.

Sanjay Seth, trustee, Sambandh Health Foundation, said that tobacco use was estimated to cause almost 10 per cent of all cardiovascular diseases. "Even passive smokers have a 25 to 30% added risk of developing heart diseases, second-hand smoke also increases risk of strokes by 25 to 30%. It is commonly known that smoking increases the risk of heart disease but the fact is that smokeless forms of tobacco are equally harmful".

The World Health Organisation (WHO) latest data says that smoking is responsible for the death of about six million people across the world each year with numerous deaths occurring prematurely.

Sixty-four per cent of respondents said they are addicted and can't quit, while 25 per cent said smoking would not cause any health issues.

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke publicity are key causes of cardiovascular illnesses reminiscent of coronary heart assaults and stroke.

Masses of smokers are instead turning to e-cigarettes, with three million Britons now believed to use the battery-powered devices containing nicotine.

In 2017, more than 7,000 phone calls were placed for help on smoking addiction, while 8,400 patients were treated for cigarette addiction at nine hospitals.

WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gundo Weiler, meanwhile, said that tobacco use is not only affecting the smokers itself but also their families as well as the country's economy.

"Today's marking of the World No Tobacco Day is to inform the public about the dangers of tobacco use, the abusive practices of tobacco corporations and what people can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations".

"If we can have a health warning on each of those, it's going to inform consumers, it's going to create public discussion, it's going to make the product less appealing and it'll help fight contraband because it will have a unique marking on cigarettes legitimately sold in Canada".

He said: "Nigeria is at risk of losing its workforce if steps are not taken to sign the Global Tobacco Control Treaty into law".

The global health body made the disclosure on the occasion of the celebration of World No tobacco day.

The minister stressed the need for decisive measures and political will to deal with the high figures of tobacco consumption in the country.

That's a drop from 13.2 million daily smokers to 12.2 million, which health officials attribute to the anti-smoking measures of their National Tobacco Reduction Plan in 2016.

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