Tobacco breaks hearts - choose health, not tobacco

Richard B. Levine  Sipa USA  TNS

Richard B. Levine Sipa USA TNS

Although smoking is banned in public spaces in India, non-smokers are still exposed and inconvenienced by smokers, especially children living with parents who smoke.

A recent community based study done by some Indian medical college students on prevalence of tobacco smoking say's that reasons to smoke are mostly psychological.

In Africa, about 146,000 adults aged 30 and above die every year from tobacco related diseases, adding that when users die prematurely in their productive years, families lose loved ones and income, and economic development is negatively affected.

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

While 92.4% of adults considered that smoking causes severe illnesses, 95.6% of adults believed the same for smokeless tobacco.

This World No Tobacco Day, doctors point out how tobacco is a major risk factor for strokes, coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases but awareness on this fact continues to be low among city's population. This amounts to a drop from 13.2 million smokers to 12.2 million over the period.

In Bangkok, the Siriraj Hospital organised a seminar on the dangers of smoking so as to encourage people to stay clear of cigarettes.

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted in November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties in Seoul, South Korea, and is open for ratification, acceptance and approval by the parties to the WHO FCTC. People and communities can also contribute to creating a tobacco-free Sierra Leone and commit to never take up or stop using tobacco products.

The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) is marking "No Tobacco Day" on Thursday focusing on heart diseases.

In 1988, the WHO Assembly adopted a resolution declaring May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, a date to draw attention to the risks associated with smoking and to advocate for effective policies to reduce its use.

"Good business for them translates to a colossal and ever growing global public health disaster that our government must urgently act to contain".

"The data show what we have anecdotally known for decades - that many smokers have the desire to quit, but not the means to match it", said Foundation President Derek Yach.

WHO's survey found that when tobacco usage falls in one country it is usually offset by the consumption of such substances in countries where there are lax regulations and controls on tobacco. "Let us choose health, not tobacco", Moeti stressed.

"Even more alarming are the effects of smoking, which not only impacts the smoker's health, but also that of the people around them who are exposed to cigarette smoke as passive smokers".

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.

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