Tobacco breaks hearts. Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke contribute to about 12% of all heart disease deaths. These include a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces, public spaces and public transport, graphic health warnings on tobacco products, among other measures.
It's a substance that kills more than half of its users, accounting for one in 10 adult deaths and killing more than seven million people globally each year.
Tobacco use has declined markedly since 2000, according to a new World Health Organization report, but the reduction is insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death and suffering from cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). PMI is publishing informational advertisements highlighting that people who smoke deserve the opportunity to learn about smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes. This was announced at a World No Tobacco Day-themed program on May 29 to promote a tobacco-free Winter Olympics by the public health campaigns and health and family planning administrations of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province. This increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Commenting on the decline in Swiss smokers, Daniel Dauwalder, a spokesman for the Federal Office of Public Health, pointed out that Swiss tobacco legislation was "relatively liberal".
In March, South Africa's Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, expressed his disdain for the tobacco industry, saying that all it caused was "mayhem".
According to him, there is low level of awareness on the risks that tobacco smoking constitute to the human heart. It says one of the major factors impeding low- and middle-countries is the tobacco industry with its aggressive promotion of tobacco products, especially to young people, and its ongoing efforts to hide the dangers of smoking.
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Change in smoking: The global prevalence of smokers has declined, but the absolute number of smokers has barely changed since the beginning of this century due to population growth.
Contrary to popular belief, lung cancer is not the only casualty of breathing in secondhand smoke.
WHO's survey found that when tobacco usage falls in one country it is usually offset by the consumption of such substances in countries where there are lax regulations and controls on tobacco.
In Indonesia, around 76 per cent of males aged above 15 years smoke cigarettes making it the country with most number of smokers, and around 315 million smokers reside within China. Cardiovascular illnesses kill 18 million individuals every year - with smoking liable for some three million of those deaths. In fact, they also integrate the availability of these new devices and products into their anti-smoking policies.
Yet in many countries, there is very low awareness that smoking significantly increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.