Call to introduce higher tobacco tax to encourage smokers to quit

Call to introduce higher tobacco tax to encourage smokers to quit

This tobacco epidemic is one of the "biggest public health threats" according to the WHO.

World No Tobacco Day is being observed today.

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 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.

"The percentage of adults who do not believe smoking causes stroke are for example in China as high as 73 percent, for heart attacks 61 percent of adults in China are not aware that smoking increases the risk", Bettcher said.

However, the pace of action in reducing tobacco demand and related death and disease is lagging behind global and national commitments to reduce tobacco use by 30% by 2025 among people aged 15 and older. This increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Cardiovascular illnesses kill 18 million individuals every year - with smoking liable for some three million of those deaths.

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The study revealed that on an average, the monthly expenditure of a smoker on cigarettes was Rs 1192.5.

The Charity noted that: "e-cigarettes are nearly certainly far safer than smoking, as they do not contain tobacco".

The theme of World Tobacco Day 2018 was "Tobacco and heart disease". 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. These types of products eliminate the smoke and reduce the levels of harmful toxic chemicals while at the same time deliver the nicotine and ritual that millions of smokers look for. The campaign will increase awareness on the link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, and actions and measures that people can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco.

The organisation said it was concerned that the number of lives lost as a result of tobacco use, but noted that the measures would save lives as well as generate money for governments. It focused on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

Sanjay Seth, trustee of Sambandh Health Foundation, which raises awareness on the dangers of tobacco consumption, claimed that COPTA isn't very helpful in deterring vendors from selling of tobacco to minors.

Clearly, since the infamous days of Jeffrey Wigands' revelations of the tobacco industries (particularly Brown and Williamson) deceitful advertising and malicious intent to sell tobacco consumables laced with ammonia, the substance or product continues to have drastic effects on the health of people, across the planet.

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