One million people in France quit smoking a year ago

Evidence shows that up to half of all tobacco users will die prematurely from tobacco related causes, such as heart diseases, stroke, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes and that on average, tobacco use will cost them, less than 15 years of their life.

"CVD kills more people than any other cause of death worldwide and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths".

Globally, tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year, which is one death every five seconds.

World Health Organization also declared that about 146,000 adults aged 30 years and above die every year from tobacco related diseases.

She called on government to promulgate policies that regulate tobacco, promote smoke-free environments and encourage people to quit smoking as this will improve the health and well-being of all people.

The 2018 World Tobacco Day Theme is "Tobacco and heart disease". "This World No Tobacco Day, WHO is drawing attention to the fact that tobacco doesn't just cause cancer, it quite literally breaks hearts". Tobacco addiction is a chronic relapsing medical condition making access to proven quit-smoking support critical.

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

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"Good business for them translates to a colossal and ever growing global public health disaster that our government must urgently act to contain".

The taxation policy aims to gain additional tobacco tax revenue of 6.3 trillion VND (280 million USD) per year, decreasing the rate of male smokers by three percent and reducing 300,000 early deaths caused by smoking. It focused on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

He said one reason was that the carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke starved the blood of oxygen and this meant that the heart had to pump much harder to supply the body with the oxygen it requires.

According to him, there is low level of awareness on the risks that tobacco smoking constitute to the human heart. Due to population growth, the number of smokers in the world has remained relatively stable at around 1.1 billion.

Most smokers are aware of the health risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting. Currently, one in four countries have insufficient data to monitor their tobacco epidemic. Secondhand smoke cannot only cause an upsurge in cardiovascular risk in nonsmokers, but also increases the risk manifold as exposure increases.

According to the WHO Global Report on Tobacco Prevalence Trends 2000-2025, this is more common in low- and middle-income countries, the specialist said.

Forty-threee per cent of young Indians (20 to 35 years), ICICI Lombard's survey found, were far more vocal and open about their smoking habits than those in older (35 to 50 years) group, who usually were shy, embarrassed or who believed it is a personal affair.

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