World No Tobacco Day

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The theme of this year's World No Tobacco Day, which falls today, is Tobacco and Heart Disease.

In its latest report, the health agency warns that tobacco kills over seven million people a year, and cautions that many people are unaware of the dangers of heart disease and strokes caused by smoking.

In Indonesia, around 76 per cent of males aged above 15 years smoke cigarettes making it the country with most number of smokers, and around 315 million smokers reside within China.

Public health England in the United Kingdom, the food and drug administration in the United States and many other regulators and health authorities across the world have appreciated that anti-smoke products such as electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco devices can offer a less harmful alternative to the tobacco cigarettes.

Mosli also points out that smoking is one of the leading causes pf premature death, with around 3,000 Albertans killed every year because of smoking-related illnesses.

According to him, there is low level of awareness on the risks that tobacco smoking constitute to the human heart. "It is commonly known that smoking increases the risk of heart disease but the fact is that smokeless forms of tobacco are equally harmful". Over a million deaths are caused by second hand smoking.

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.

Of 13 countries the foundation surveyed, the majority of smokers in each consider themselves addicted to cigarette, ranging from 60% in India to 91%in Japan.

The Charity noted that: "e-cigarettes are nearly certainly far safer than smoking, as they do not contain tobacco".

The WHO FCTC, which came into force in 2005, calls on its Parties to take several measures to reduce demand and supply for tobacco products. The assertion was the result of a Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in affiliation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Coalition for Tobacco Control- Pakistan (CTC-Pak) officials Wednesday said: "Give priority to health over business" during their nationwide awareness activities from all over Pakistan on World No Tobacco Day. In 2017, there were 12.2 million smokers.

Prevalence of tobacco use is decreasing more slowly in LMICs than in high-income countries. It is the initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the intention to draw the attention of the global community to the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The hospital's deputy director, Dr Tomorn Thongsri, said smoking had many negative impacts on health. He added that while governments are budgeting large outlays for setting up healthcare facilities there should be greater focus on prevention strategies, chief among them being reduction of tobacco usage. "We've seen a decline in cigar smoking, and lately, we have started to see a decline in smokeless tobacco".