World No Tobacco Day

Richard B. Levine  Sipa USA  TNS

Richard B. Levine Sipa USA TNS

That aside, a lesser-known fact is the harm caused by passive smoking to your heart.

Officials with Alberta Health Services marked World No Tobacco Day on Thursday by highlighting the many programs and services in place to help people quit smoking and all forms of tobacco.

The organisation said it was concerned that the number of lives lost as a result of tobacco use, but noted that the measures would save lives as well as generate money for governments. We will see fewer Canadians starting to smoke, more Canadians quitting, and a new generation of healthier Canadians with a greater awareness of how important it is to never pick up that first cigarette.

The prevalence of tobacco smoking appears to be decreasing in nearly all regions of the world, except for the WHO African and East Mediterranean regions, where the trends appear to be flat. The statistics are warning against the upward trend of diseases caused by smoking. "If you are a smoker and quit smoking, within one year your risk of heart attack falls and in two to three years your risk of stroke falls to the same as a non-smoker", Davidson said.

Around 40,000 people die of smoking-related diseases in the country every year, and numerous diseases like cancers, cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are leading death causes in Vietnam, he noted.

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"Tobacco doesn't just cause cancer".

How many people does smoking kill? "Many people are unaware that tobacco is one of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke".

How does tobacco damage the heart?

"I would like to reiterate that tobacco use and breathing secondhand smoke may indeed break your heart".

The center will also start technical support for Olympic tobacco control and strengthening the assessment of a tobacco-free environment.

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There were 13.2 million smokers in France in 2016.

"Governments have the power in their hands to protect their citizens from suffering needlessly from heart disease", says Dr Douglas Bettcher, WHO Director for the Prevention of NCDs.

There are several factors that have led to the decrease in the number of cigarette smokers. As per data, 6 per cent of men, 1.4 per cent of women and 3.8 per cent of all adults now smoke tobacco, while 31.7 per cent of men, 16.6 per cent of women and 24.4 per cent of all adults now use smokeless tobacco.

U Kyaw Kan Kaung said smoking is increasing among youth. But knowledge among large sections of the public about the multiple health risks associated with tobacco is low, says the Director-General of the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus.

But it warned that the pace of reduction was too slow. This is due to population growth, even as prevalence rates decline.

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Uploaded by North-Carolina based nurse Amanda Eller, the footage showed the black, cancer-ridden lungs of the heavy smoker failing to properly inflate. However, evidences of vision loss and ophthalmic problems have been found higher in individuals who smoke.

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