Coronary heart disease on the rise: Minister

Around 315 million people smoke in China consuming more than a third of the world's cigarettes

Cigarette smoking causes ten deaths per minute Cigarette smoking causes ten deaths per minute

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco accounts for about seven million deaths globally each year.

Despite the devastating harm of tobacco to heart health and availability of solutions to reduce tobacco-related deaths and diseases, knowledge among a majority of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD), is low. It says one of the major factors impeding low- and middle-countries is the tobacco industry with its aggressive promotion of tobacco products, especially to young people, and its ongoing efforts to hide the dangers of smoking.

This year's theme: 'Tobacco and Heart Disease, ' focuses on tobacco use as a key risk factor for developing heart and related diseases, including stroke.

The GATS stated that the awareness campaigns used to ask people to quit using tobacco, worked well.

"Tobacco smoke thickens the blood, increases the risk of blood clots, narrow the arteries and restricts oxygen in the blood", said Duque.

Jan Odhano said that the government is responsible for protecting people's health from tobacco exposure and for this objective it has to strictly enforce the tobacco control laws in Pakistan to restrict access to tobacco.

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death, experts say.

The taxation policy aims to gain additional tobacco tax revenue of 6.3 trillion VND (280 million USD) per year, decreasing the rate of male smokers by three percent and reducing 300,000 early deaths caused by smoking.

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Support hotlines have been set up and a tax hike has been mooted to tackle smoking in Vietnam, where more than 100 people are killed by smoking-related diseases per day.

Governments can adopt the WHO Framework Convention Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to reduce tobacco use and protect people from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

According to the report, no fewer that 1.1 billion people are smokers in the world today, the same number as at the turn of the century. The report shows that worldwide, 27 per cent smoked tobacco in 2000 compared to 20 per cent in 2016.

"Surveys conducted around the world among children aged 13-15 years indicate that 24 million of them smoke".

The Strategy is supported by measures introduced through the new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, which recently received Royal Assent, and through the increased funding for federal action on tobacco that was announced in Budget 2018 - the first significant increase in funding to address tobacco use in almost two decades. The data shows that 42.4 per cent of men, 14.2 per cent of women and 28.6 per cent of all adults now either smoke and or use smokeless tobacco.

Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, (LMICS).

We can then add another item to our list of healthy efforts to stay "fit and fine" besides being known only as being "clean and green".

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