'Tobacco Breaks Hearts' main theme for World No Tobacco Day

02 June, 2018, 10:45 | Author: Lillian Steele
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The Coalition for Tobacco Control - Pakistan is a coalition of more than 250 civil society partner organisations hailing from all four provinces of Pakistan and is working towards strengthening the development and implementation of tobacco control policies in Pakistan.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on governments worldwide to increase tobacco taxes and make the product unaffordable, just as it lamented that deaths occasioned by tobacco use as well as global tobacco epidemic was up to seven million people yearly. This combination is the world's leading cause of death.

This year's theme "tobacco and heart disease", focuses on tobacco use as a key risk factor for developing heart and related diseases.

"Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 20-30 per cent".

"Eliminating tobacco use will help to protect hearts from breaking".

The World Health Organisation says picture warnings in particular are proven to help people quit, and says that 78 countries making up nearly half the world's population now meet best practices.

Tobacco smoke contains 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds that are poisonous to the body, and when inhaled they enter the lung and then the blood where it is transported all over the body.

He called on the Federal Government to expedite actions that would ensure the immediate implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act.

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"Exposure to passive smoking for children and adolescents is extremely risky, causing serious respiratory problems such as asthma and increasing their risk of coronary heart disease", he said.

Francois Bourdillon is the director of the public health agency. "This is why it is so important that countries accelerate the implementation of the FCTC".

Due to population growth, the number of smokers in the world has remained relatively stable at around 1.1 billion, Bettcher told reporters.

The declaration was made by the health and family planning administrations of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei provinces at a May 29 event in the Chinese capital to promote World No Tobacco Day (May 31), reports China Daily. In 2017, there were 12.2 million smokers. The prevalence of smokers in the region has declined from 28.0% in 2000 to 17.4% in 2015. But he described smoke-free policies and tobacco-related advertising bans across the 26-canton state as "very patchy".

By sex: For males aged 15 and over globally, 43% smoked tobacco in 2000 compared to 34% in 2016, while 11% of females smoked in 2000, compared to 6% in 2016.

Contrary to popular belief, lung cancer is not the only casualty of breathing in secondhand smoke.

Amongst smokers in the study who were motivated to quit and also had access to standard smoking cessation options (the medication or nicotine gums or patches), the reward bumped their success rate up to 13 percent.

Since then, the draft for the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill has been published for public comment.

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