The world may not meet tobacco reduction target, WHO warns

The world may not meet tobacco reduction target, WHO warns

Additionally, 20 per cent of stroke deaths are attributed to tobacco use, while most of the deaths attributed to tobacco use occur in Jamaicans 45-49 years old.

Similarly, in the message which was issued by WHO regional director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the world body urged countries to institute hard-hitting warnings and graphic pictures about the dangers of smoking on cigarette packaging, and ban tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship.

Public health England in the United Kingdom, the food and drug administration in the United States and many other regulators and health authorities across the world have appreciated that anti-smoke products such as electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco devices can offer a less harmful alternative to the tobacco cigarettes. But despite its life-threatening and life-causing effect, tobacco use remains one of the severe risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (such as heart disease, heart failure, chest pains/angina and stroke) in Jamaica.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the African Region experience about 146,000 deaths of adults aged 30 years and above every year from tobacco -related diseases.

There are 1.1 billion adult smokers in the world today, and at least 367 million smokeless tobacco users.

Tobacco use can cause cancer and strokes, and lung, heart, cardiovascular, respiratory and other non-communicable diseases.

The Charity noted that: "e-cigarettes are nearly certainly far safer than smoking, as they do not contain tobacco".

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France's Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said "tobacco is a trajectory of inequality, it weighs particularly on the most disadvantaged and it gets worse". People and communities can also contribute to creating a tobacco-free Sierra Leone and commit to never take up or stop using tobacco products. As per data, 19 per cent of men, 2 per cent of women and 10.7 per cent of all adults now smoke tobacco, while 29.6 per cent of men, 12.8 per cent of women and 21.4 per cent of all adults now use smokeless tobacco.

He named Ireland and Uruguay as countries that had achieved the highest level of tobacco control before, adding that since 2007, the number of people around the world to have benefited from these measures has more than quadrupled, from one billion to five billion.

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2018, WHO is highlighting what can be done to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco and how much difference it makes immediately if smokers choose to quit tobacco.

Nadeem said: "We need strict policies, enforcement measures and more awareness to better understand the laws and demand 85 percent PHW".

The WHO forecasts declines in global volume and sales value by the start of the next decade, but while Europe and America are kicking the habit, in the near East and Africa tobacco consumption is rising.

"It is a significant health concern and I wish that people were more aware of the programs that we have in place to support people to quit smoking", exclaims Mosli.