One million people in France quit smoking past year

One million people in France quit smoking past year

One million people in France quit smoking past year

The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, which means that, every day, more than 19,000 people die from tobacco use or second-hand smoke exposure.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) latest data says that smoking is responsible for the death of about six million people across the world each year with numerous deaths occurring prematurely.

Despite all efforts at tobacco control, w.h.o says annually, the substance costs households and governments over $1.4 trillion, an equivalent of about 504 trillion Naira.

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure are major causes of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and stroke, contributing to approximately 3 million deaths per year. The report also shows that the target of a 30% reduction in tobacco use by 2025 among people aged 15 and older is not on track to being met at the global level, with the current pace of decline indicating only a 22% reduction by that time. She also attributes the lower rates of smoking to an increase in taxes on nicotine. "With appropriate government control and oversight - through risk-proportionate regulation - smoke-free products can have a meaningful and positive impact on public health", Mr Williams said. Significant progress in controlling tobacco use by both men and women was reported in the Americas, led by countries like Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay and Colombia, but to a lesser extent in the United States, WHO said.

While nicotine - a highly addictive toxin found in tobacco - is heavily linked with risky increases in heart rate and blood pressure.

Duque advised current smokers to quit smoking and seek help through phone-supported tobacco cessation called Quitline (165-364), which was launched past year, providing real-time counseling and support.

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"The most effective measures to reduce the percentage of smokers such as more expensive cigarettes or tobacco advertising bans are not likely to gain sufficient political support right now", he said.

The agency pointed out that tobacco use is responsible for around 17 percent of the almost 18 million deaths from cardiovascular disease around the globe each year.

While many people are aware tobacco use increases the risk of cancer, there are alarming gaps in knowledge of the cardiovascular risks of tobacco use. The report shows that worldwide, 27 per cent smoked tobacco in 2000 compared to 20 per cent in 2016. Over 80 per cent of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICS).

"There isn't a single body organ or system that isn't affected by smoking because it has to do with oxygen, and we can do everything except stopping breathing", said Ocampo.

Messanvi added that, "as a responsible organisation, we will continue to abide by all the laws of the countries we operate in and will constantly explore safer and new offerings to consumers as our commitment to tobacco harm reduction".

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