Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

How smoking damages your heart and blood vessels (Watch VIDEO)

How smoking damages your heart and blood vessels (Watch VIDEO)

Tobacco causes over two million deaths from cardiovascular diseases every year. The Coalition for Tobacco Control - Pakistan is a coalition of more than 250 civil society partner organisations hailing from all four provinces of Pakistan and is working towards strengthening the development and implementation of tobacco control policies in Pakistan.

"The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 7 million people each year", said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, in a statement marking May 31 World No Tobacco Day in Abuja.

"Eliminating tobacco use will help to protect hearts from breaking".

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease".

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

Omiyefa said that every year, Nigeria loses all cadres of manpower and all categories of statesmen to tobacco-related deaths. The report shows the pace of action in reducing tobacco demand and related death and disease is too slow and not keeping up with global and national commitments to control tobacco use. "The problem is MS has fairly low tobacco tax, state tobacco tax", said McMillan.

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

Questioned about how to reconcile a robust tobacco initiative with the introduction of legal recreational cannabis by late summer, Petitpas Taylor said marijuana rules are necessary given Canada has the highest number of cannabis users among youth in developed countries.

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Yet in many countries, there is low awareness that smoking significantly increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, World Health Organization said. "The health effects from tobacco are far greater than cannabis". "This is why it is so important that countries accelerate the implementation of the FCTC". Alternative to cigarettes available and countries already delivering on those smoke-free ambitions, the incentive is there for the lawmakers to support Indian smokers who deserve a better option. In the Region of the Americas there are 132 million smokers. Due to population growth, the number of smokers in the world has remained relatively stable at around 1.1 billion. For females, 11% smoked in 2000, compared to 6% in 2015.

Programs targeting children have helped prevent teens from picking up tobacco products.

"Most people associate cigarette, pipe, and cigar use with breathing problems and lung cancer".

Tobacco smoking appears to be decreasing in nearly all parts of the world except Africa and the eastern Mediterranean region.

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"In addition, exposure to cigarette smoke at a young age can encourage children and adolescents to start or keep up smoking habits until adulthood".

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