World Health Organization ramps up war on tobacco (video included)

Grant Boone
June 2, 2018

Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure.

The 2018 World Tobacco Day Theme is "Tobacco and heart disease". They're reigniting this call as part of World No Tobacco Day. "Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps that someone can take to improve their health".

Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director, Department for the Prevention of Non-Communicable 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.

"Nicotine, a chemical that is found naturally in tobacco, is as addictive as heroin or cocaine and is attributed to stimulating the body to produce adrenaline, causing faster heart rate". You may have built in smoke breaks in between works, try avoiding such which leads you to more cravings.

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

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"The tobacco industry continues to aggressively promote the use of tobacco products and to hide the dangers of tobacco use; but, we are fighting back to help prevent this ongoing devastation".

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"Although often associated with ill-health, disability and death from non-communicable chronic diseases, tobacco smoking is also associated with an increased risk of death from communicable diseases". He stated that components together with extra liberal gender attitudes are contributing to a slower fall in smoking amongst girls. In India and Indonesia, more than half of adults do not know smoking can cause stroke.

The end of smoking is finally "in sight", officials claimed in June 2017 following figures that suggested another drop in rates across the UK.

The number of adults and kids lighting up has been on a steady decline but it is still above the national average.

PMI has already committed $4.5bn in supporting a team of 400 world-class scientists, engineers and technicians who have spent years creating and testing a range of smoke-free products that offer a much better choice for the millions of smokers who don't quit. It focused on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

In a bid to promote heart health, the WHO wants every one of its 194 Member States to implement a series of increasingly strict tobacco control measures.

But it warned that the pace of reduction was too slow. The number of smokers in the world has barely changed this century: it was also 1.1 billion in 2000. According to a study, even only one cigarette a day also carries a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Quitting tobacco has immediate and long-term health benefits. In the Region of the Americas there are 132 million smokers. But evidence shows there is an alarming lack of knowledge and awareness that tobacco is a major risk for conditions like stroke and heart attack.

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