'Tobacco Breaks Hearts' main theme for World No Tobacco Day

Phillip Morris International

Pakistan by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

He said that after 14 years, Pakistan has still a long way to go in order to fulfill its worldwide obligations by implementing stronger tobacco control policies. CVD are responsible for 44% of all NCD deaths, or 17.9 million deaths annually in the world, including 2 million deaths in the Americas.

Exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco use are the leading causes of cardiovascular disease and are linked to some three million deaths per year.

Dr Kyaw Kan Kaung, director of the Department of Public Health for Non-Communicable Diseases, told The Myanmar Times that the government will further intensify measures to control tobacco use and sale.

Dr. Wurie, in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation also added that by increasing taxes and prices, promoting tobacco cessation, bans on advertising of tobacco products, and restrictions on smoking in public places are proven and effective ways to reduce smoking.

Government data shows that 26pc of people in the country smoke cigarettes. More than 100 million of those live in India.On this month's World No Tobacco Day, most will have no option but to continue smoking cigarettes. Bidis, which are a type of low-priced and hand-rolled cigarettes made locally, account for a significant proportion of tobacco use in India. The Region of the Americas is the only exception; the current projections indicate that the target will be reached by 2025.

The new packaging rules for tobacco products prohibit promotional information, branding and logos, and were firmly opposed by Big Tobacco.

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Released by the World Health Organization (WHO), it aims to raise awareness of the effect of cigarettes on the heart and encourage smokers to quit. "It also increases the risk of heart diseases and stroke", Swapnil Mehta, consultant pulmonologist at a private hospital in the city, said. Given the large burden of such diseases in India, the impact is huge. "This is why it is so important that countries accelerate the implementation of the FCTC".

Asia is home to 60% of the world's 1.1 billion smokers. However, the 2017 statistics show that the number of smokers has not dropped, moreover, the cigarette use has increased among both men and women.

Tobacco sales have even declined in China, down by 10 percent from a peak in 2012, according to the Euromonitor International market research group.

The general insurer found that 49 per cent of the older grup smoked due to work pressure, compared to 36 per cent of respondents in the younger group, while an nearly qual proportion of respondents in both groups stated that they smoked to relieve daily stress quickly. A day to take a 24-hour breather from tobacco products.

According to the Geneva-based United Nations health agency, globally one in five people over the age of 15 was a regular smoker in 2016.

Prevalence of tobacco use is decreasing more slowly in LMICs than in high-income countries.

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