53 per cent unsuccessful in attempts to quit smoking

Kenny Tucker
June 2, 2018

Tobacco breaks hearts. Its use and exposure to second-hand smoking also contributes to about 12% of deaths from heart diseases with no safe place for women and children who have to be in the same room with smokers.

World Health Organization warned that tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke were "major causes" of cardiovascular disease, contributing to three million deaths annually.

She called on individuals to promote healthy hearts by committing not to use tobacco, helping others to quit, protect all people including family members, workers and children from tobacco smoke.

The global tobacco epidemic kills more than seven million people each year and in Pakistan, 108,800 deaths are associated with tobacco.

Tobacco causes over two million deaths from cardiovascular diseases every year.

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

Tobacco use is a major cause of non-communicable disease, not only in Myanmar but also worldwide.

A tobacco-free society should remain a goal, Cunningham said, adding that federal and provincial cannabis legislation is modelled from lessons learned from tobacco.

The Foundation is taking a new approach to help smokers quit or reduce their risks.

Francois Bourdillon is the director of the public health agency.

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According to the report titled "WHO global report on trends in the prevalence on tobacco smoking", released on Thursday, tobacco use in high-income countries decreased from 33.6 percent in 2000 to 24.6 percent in 2015, representing a reduction of 9 percent. It focused on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

A large-scale study that looked at data from almost 70,000 participants found that daily e-cigarette use was associated with almost double the risk of having a heart attack.

Latest data from the WHO report indicates that there are around 1.1 billion smokers in the world today - the same number as at the turn of the century.

In China, for example, more than six out of 10 people are unaware that smoking can cause a heart attack.

It is well known fact that cigarette smoking causes breathing problems and lung cancer.

"Tobacco smoke thickens the blood, increases the risk of blood clots, narrow the arteries and restricts oxygen in the blood", said Duque.

In Asia, regulators in Japan and Korea allow smokers access to smoke-free products, and the results have been impressive with millions having already switched from cigarettes.

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

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.

Yet in many countries, there is very low awareness that smoking significantly increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.

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