August 15, 2018

World No Tobacco Day

02 June 2018, 10:47 | Rodolfo Wallace

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Tobacco use and second-hand smoke publicity are key causes of cardiovascular illnesses reminiscent of coronary heart assaults and stroke.

Since 2016, the Tobacco Consequences Prevention Fund under the Ministry of Health has assisted the operation of free hotlines supporting cigarette addicts at Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi and Gia Dinh People's Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, while helping eight other health facilities run consultations for people who want to quit smoking.

Of the over 7 million tobacco-related deaths annually, about 3 million are from heart diseases and stroke, and close to 900,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.

In the African Region, it said about 146 000 adults aged 30 years and above die every year from tobacco-related diseases. Tobacco is recognised as a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

Duque advised current smokers to quit smoking and seek help through phone-supported tobacco cessation called Quitline (165-364), which was launched a year ago, providing real-time counseling and support. And PMI is not the only company pursuing innovation as important to the world's 1 billion smokers worldwide-the tobacco industry generally is beginning to move in this direction, to the benefit of men and women who smoke.

The Health Secretary also encouraged the local government units "to pass stringent ordinances in support to EO (Executive Order) 26 [the nationwide smoking ban order] and that additionally, the DOH is very much willing to provide technical assistance as needed".

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"Exposure to the chemicals found in cigarettes will stimulate the process of plaque formation in blood vessels or atherosclerosis, which can block blood vessels, resulting in high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart attacks and damage to other organs in the body, including the brain".

Over half of all WHO Member States have reduced demand for tobacco, and nearly one in eight are likely to meet the 30% reduction target by 2025.

'This World No Tobacco Day, WHO is drawing attention to the fact tobacco doesn't just cause cancer, it quite literally breaks hearts'.

It is clear that despite the well-known health risks associated with smoking, many people continue to smoke. It is a day where awareness is spread about the negative effects of tobacco and how smoking is a great health risk. Currently, one in four countries have insufficient data to monitor their tobacco epidemic. Tobacco substitutes are also available. Eighty percent of these deaths occur in low to middle-income countries. The Foundation focuses on learning from existing research, identifying where gaps in knowledge exist, and funding new research to seek answers regarding the most effective smoking cessation and harm reduction strategies.

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