World No Tobacco Day

Richard B. Levine  Sipa USA  TNS

"The tobacco industry continues to aggressively promote the use of tobacco products and to hide the dangers of tobacco use; but, we are fighting back to help prevent this ongoing devastation".

"In Myanmar, smoking and betel chewing have increased nationwide".

A tobacco-free society should remain a goal, Cunningham said, adding that federal and provincial cannabis legislation is modelled from lessons learned from tobacco.

The tobacco-free standards were also implemented at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

"Cigarette is so cheap in the country, you even see minors buying it".

Youth: Worldwide, about 7%, or just over 24 million children aged 13-15, smoke cigarettes (17 million boys and 7 million girls).

Public Health England in the United Kingdom, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, as well as many other regulators and health authorities worldwide have acknowledged that smoke-free products like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco devices could offer a less harmful alternative to cigarettes.In fact they are integrating the availability of these new products into their anti-smoking policies.In almost every OECD country today, smoke-free products are now widely available. In many countries, this low awareness is substantial; for example in China, over 60% of the population is unaware smoking can cause heart attacks, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey.

Not enough progressWHO and its member states established "World No Tobacco Day" in 1987 to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to its negative effects on health.

According to the study, tobacco kills an average of 200 people in France every day - about 73,000 people per year.

Arsen Torosyan noted the cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, adding some 12% of heart diseases develop due to smoking or exposure to the second-hand smoke.

Significant numbers of women are kicking the habit, apart from in Europe, while the pace of reduction for men is a "cause for concern", World Health Organization says.

Country response: Over half of all WHO Member States have reduced demand for tobacco, and nearly one in eight are likely to meet the 30% reduction target by 2025.

A study previous year found that despite decades of tobacco control policies, population growth had meant there was an increased number of smokers. Secondhand smoke cannot only cause an upsurge in cardiovascular risk in nonsmokers, but also increases the risk manifold as exposure increases.

Stoptober is an annual public health campaign which encourages people to give up smoking for 28 days. More importantly, long-term smokers can use them as a substitute for traditional cigarettes to help in quitting the habit or, at least, switch to a less risky alternative. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.

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