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Health minister favours warnings on cigarettes as feds outline tobacco strategy

02 June 2018
Health minister favours warnings on cigarettes as feds outline tobacco strategy

Thursday, May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day 2018, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help remind us all of the dangers of smoking and how it may affect our own health and that of those around us.

The measures include imposing tobacco taxes and prices, creating completely smoke-free indoor workplaces and public places.

CTC-Pak officials Jan Odhano, Nadeem Behrani, Qurban Ali and others said that tobacco is the primary contributor to 16 percent of all non-communicable diseases (NCDs) deaths particularly cardiovascular.

It said lack of awareness about the risks of tobacco use was most common in low and middle-income countries.

"WHO has estimated that tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) is now responsible for the death of about six million people across the world each year with numerous deaths occurring prematurely".

Tobacco contains over 4,000 harmful chemical compounds, exposure to some of which can raise the risk to a certain disease by at least 30 percent.

Omiyefa said: "Tobacco use has been linked to over seven million deaths worldwide and causes a lot of deaths related to noncommunicable diseases including cancers, cardiovascular diseases and stroke every year". Tobacco breaks hearts. "Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke contribute to about 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths".

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

According to a 2016 US study, electronic cigarettes are also just as damaging to gums and teeth as conventional tobacco cigarettes.

Parts of Western Europe have reached a "standstill", particularly due to a failure to get women to stop smoking, African men are lagging, and tobacco use in the Middle East is actually set to increase, the World Health Organization said.

Consumption in the developing world is rising fast as companies aggresively market their products there, unhindered by advertising bans or health warnings, and replacing consumers in the West who have given up, or died.

Agnes Buzyn is the Health Minister of France. 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.

Prevalence of tobacco use is decreasing more slowly in LMICs than in high-income countries.

Hong said the stamps will be a multidimensional message helping with the implementation of the national strategy on anti-tobacco harms until 2020 and the law on prevention and control of tobacco harms. Other doctors pointed out that although awareness is being spread about the ill-effects of smoking, this is not the case with chewing tobacco or smokeless tobacco which is being consumed on a massive scale among the rural pockets of Hyderabad.

The WHO forecasts declines in global volume and sales value by the start of the next decade, but while Europe and America are kicking the habit, in the near East and Africa tobacco consumption is rising.