One million French smokers have quit in the past year

One million French smokers have quit in the past year

One million French smokers have quit in the past year

Despite a steady reduction in smoking globally, the report said tobacco still kills over 7 million people each year and also raised concern over the high number of youth smokers.

World No Tobacco Day 2018 will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

More than 80 percent of the world's smokers live in low-and middle-income countries, where the harms of tobacco use are further exacerbated by a lack of access to health care.

In addition, the awareness of the causal relationship between smoking and cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has not yet been raised among ordinary people, despite the fact that most people know that smoking can lead to cancer, the World Health Organization warned.

Despite all efforts at tobacco control, w.h.o says annually, the substance costs households and governments over $1.4 trillion, an equivalent of about 504 trillion Naira.

Omiyefa said: "Tobacco use has been linked to over seven million deaths worldwide and causes a lot of deaths related to noncommunicable diseases including cancers, cardiovascular diseases and stroke every year".

Over half of all WHO Member States have reduced demand for tobacco, and nearly one in eight are likely to meet the 30% reduction target by 2025.

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Almost 80% of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low-and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest. The other area of awareness is the feasible actions that governments and the public can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco. The ministry said that their strategy in 2016, National Tobacco Reduction Plan (PNRT), was responsible for reducing tobacco use in France.

"Exposure to the chemicals found in cigarettes will stimulate the process of plaque formation in blood vessels or atherosclerosis, which can block blood vessels, resulting in high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart attacks and damage to other organs in the body, including the brain".

We are all aware of the fact that tobacco use is injurious to health.

"On the African Region, about 146 000 adults aged 30 years and above die every year from tobacco-related diseases".

Masses of smokers are instead turning to e-cigarettes, with three million Britons now believed to use the battery-powered devices containing nicotine. Currently, one in four countries have insufficient data to monitor their tobacco epidemic. About 4% of children aged 13-15 years, (13 million), use smokeless tobacco products.

Moeti assured that effective measures for tobacco reduction can be accomplished in a short time if government implements increasing tobacco taxes and prices, adding that this would save lives and generate income for government.

Tobacco is the only legal drug that kills many of its users when used exactly as intended by manufacturers.

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