One million French smokers quit in a year amid anti-smoking measures

Cigarette smoking causes ten deaths per minute
Cigarette smoking causes ten deaths per minute Cigarette smoking causes ten deaths per minute

02 June, 2018

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.

In addition, the world body said every person could play a role in promoting healthy hearts by committing not to use tobacco, helping others to quit, and protecting all people, including family members, workers and children, from tobacco smoke.

The health office says around 9,500 people - out of a population of 8.4 million - die in Switzerland every year from tobacco-related illnesses.

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Thursday, the United Nations health agency hailed that smoking had declined significantly since year 2000, but warned that there were still far too many people indulging in the risky habit.

"Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 20-30 per cent".

Elsewhere in Asia, and around the world, millions of smokers are switching like never before from cigarettes to innovative, smoke-free alternatives like electronic cigarettes or heated tobacco products.Both of these disruptive products eliminate the smoke and significantly reduce levels of harmful chemicals, while still delivering the nicotine and ritual that millions of smokers seek.

That's a drop from 13.2 million daily smokers to 12.2 million, which health officials attribute to the anti-smoking measures of their National Tobacco Reduction Plan in 2016. This is an established medical fact that tobacco use is major cause of heart attacks or strokes in the country.

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The tobacco-free standards were also implemented at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, the younger generation is dealing with it better than the smokers five years ago.

And it cautioned that research showed there was "a serious lack of knowledge" about the different health risks associated with tobacco.

"Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD after high blood pressure", it said.

For example, this includes making public indoor spaces and workplaces smoke-free, and insisting that tobacco packaging carry warnings about the health risks to users. But despite its life-threatening and life-causing effect, tobacco use remains one of the severe risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (such as heart disease, heart failure, chest pains/angina and stroke) in Jamaica. Secondhand smoke cannot only cause an upsurge in cardiovascular risk in nonsmokers, but also increases the risk manifold as exposure increases.

Almost 80% of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low-and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest.

Recent measures to attach extra tax to alternative tobacco products have failed in the House and Senate.

A country-by-country analysis warns that "the smoking epidemic is being exported from the rich world to low-income and middle-income countries".

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