Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

World No Tobacco Day offers chance to win a personal CO monitor

World No Tobacco Day offers chance to win a personal CO monitor

That's a drop from 13.2 million daily smokers to 12.2 million, which health officials attribute to the anti-smoking measures of their National Tobacco Reduction Plan in 2016.

The health warnings on cigarette boxes and other tobacco product packages is another example.

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

The tobacco-free standards were also implemented at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

"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.

"Cigarette is so cheap in the country, you even see minors buying it".

She said the good news is that from the moment a smoker quits smoking, his body begins to feel the benefits. Moreover, Smoking causes cell damage, which leads to diseases such as cancer, high cholesterol levels, coronary and circulatory problems, respiratory disorders and an increased risk of osteoporosis.

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Duque, meanwhile, also encouraged the youth to stay away from using tobacco and make themselves knowledgeable on the harmful effects of tobacco use.

Dr Tom Ferkol, a co-author of the report from Washington University in St Louis, said the growth of e-cigarettes risked normalising smoking again and undoing years of progress in public health.

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. "While many people are aware of the fact that tobacco use increases the risk of cancer, there are alarming gaps in knowledge related to cardiovascular risks", reads the report.

An average of 27 people die every week in the UAE due to tobacco related diseases. Though it is absorbed at a slower pace than that from cigarettes, the absorbed amount is three to four times and remains in the bloodstream longer. PMI is calling for an additional, bold approach to public health. The concept of tobacco harm reduction remains a top agenda of the industry and has been vigorously explored.

The Foundation is taking a new approach to help smokers quit or reduce their risks.

A new World Health Organization report reveals that tobacco wastes contains 7,000 toxic chemicals that poison the environment, including human carcinogens; tobacco smoke emissions contribute thousands of tons of human carcinogens, toxicants and greenhouse gasses to the environment. The number of smokers in the world has barely changed this century: it was also 1.1 billion in 2000.

The study did not directly compare the risk of e-cigarettes to tobacco cigarettes, but the researchers said the results suggest that those who use e-cigs may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not use the devices.

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