One million French smokers quit in a year amid anti-smoking measures

Some smokers have turned to e-cigarettes as a substitute

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.

He noted that most people are aware that tobacco use causes cancer and lung diseases, but many don't know that tobacco also causes heart diseases and stroke, the world's leading killers.

Dr. Wurie, in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation also added that by increasing taxes and prices, promoting tobacco cessation, bans on advertising of tobacco products, and restrictions on smoking in public places are proven and effective ways to reduce smoking.

Tobacco kills over 7 million people each year, despite the steady reduction in tobacco use globally. But evidence shows there is an alarming lack of knowledge and awareness that tobacco is a major risk for conditions like stroke and heart attack. The smoke-free products are widely available across the OECD countries today making it convenient for people to switch from local cigarettes to electronic cigarettes.

The global health body made the disclosure on the occasion of the celebration of World No tobacco day. "For our part, we're determined to deliver a smoke-free future through innovations that stand up to scientific scrutiny and that meet consumer needs".

15 years later, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.

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

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Robert Swanson, Executive Director at Red Deer Regional Hospital in the AHS Central Zone says they recognize however that tobacco use is often an addiction.

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

She says that money will help fund investments to protect youth, increase scientific research, fund non-government organizations and help curb smoking in Indigenous communities, where rates are considerably higher.

"Smoking harms almost every organ in the body, and more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking", said Albert Rizzo, M.D., senior medical advisor to the American Lung Association. "It quite literally breaks hearts", he said.

It is clear that despite the well-known health risks associated with smoking, many people continue to smoke. Currently, one in four countries have insufficient data to monitor their tobacco epidemic. Researchers also believe that smoking contributes to a range of eye-related problems for both smokers and passive smokers including adults and children.

"Nearly 80 per cent of the more than one billion smokers worldwide live in low and middle-income countries where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest".

"The tobacco industry continues to aggressively promote the use of tobacco products and to hide the dangers of tobacco use; but, we are fighting back to help prevent this ongoing devastation".

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