Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease

Georgia Reed
June 2, 2018

Consequently, the world body said the World No Tobacco Day was a chance for governments and the public to take firm action.

The organisation said it was concerned over the number of deaths caused by tobacco use as the global tobacco epidemic killed more than seven million people yearly.

Officials with Alberta Health Services marked World No Tobacco Day on Thursday by highlighting the many programs and services in place to help people quit smoking and all forms of tobacco. The report shows the pace of action in reducing tobacco demand and related death and disease is too slow and not keeping up with global and national commitments to control tobacco use.

According to the director of non-communicable diseases at the Ministry of Health, Dr Tamu Davidson, six per cent of cardiovascular disease deaths in Jamaicans 30 years and older can be attributed to tobacco use.

The focus this year is "Tobacco and Heart Disease" to emphasize impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people across the globe. Tobacco use is the second leading risk factor for CVD, after high blood pressure.

But many people are unaware that almost half of those deaths, around three million, are due to cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke, World Health Organization warned.

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Duque advised current smokers to quit smoking and seek help through phone-supported tobacco cessation called Quitline (165-364), which was launched a year ago, providing real-time counseling and support.

France's Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said "tobacco is a trajectory of inequality, it weighs particularly on the most disadvantaged and it gets worse".

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted in November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties in Seoul, South Korea, and is open for ratification, acceptance and approval by the parties to the WHO FCTC. The report shows that smokers are sacrificing their physical and economic well-being to smoke, even though many of them have the desire to quit.

Heart diseases, asthma, other respiratory diseases and cancer have been found to have increased risk in people who consume tobacco - smoking, to be specific.

"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". The government has already lost revenue during 2017, by playing into the hands of the tobacco industry. Women and children are most vulnerable and at risk from the health effects of second-hand smoke.

He named Ireland and Uruguay as countries which had achieved the highest level of tobacco control before adding that since 2007, the number of people around the world to have benefited from these measures has more than quadrupled, from one billion to five billion.

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