Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day

"World No Tobacco Day is a chance for governments and the public to take firm action".

The organisation said it was concerned over the number of deaths caused by tobacco use as the global tobacco epidemic killed more than seven million people yearly.

"Policies that regulate tobacco, promote smoke-free environments and encourage people to quit smoking will contribute to improving the health and well-being of all people".

"Smoking habit is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases in Brunei Darussalam", said the minister.

But reductions in smoking rates in some nations "are nearly entirely offset by the increasing consumption in many countries with weaker tobacco control regulations", says The Tobacco Atlas anti-smoking lobby. "It is commonly known that smoking increases the risk of heart disease but the fact is that smokeless forms of tobacco are equally harmful".

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A Chinese health department official said on May 28 that 180 million children in the country have been harmed by passive smoking and about 6.9 percent of all Chinese teenagers smoke.

Vietnam is among the 15 countries with the world's highest smoking prevalence among male adults when one in every two male adults is a smoker.

According to a 2016 US study, electronic cigarettes are also just as damaging to gums and teeth as conventional tobacco cigarettes. Switzerland signed the treaty in 2004 but has not ratified it, partly due to recent changes to a draft law on tobacco products and specific issues related to advertising and sponsorship.

"Some people have suggested the idea of putting a warning on individual cigarettes and using what we call sliding shell", she told the Tobacco Control Forum on World No Tobacco Day.

WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gundo Weiler, meanwhile, said that tobacco use is not only affecting the smokers itself but also their families as well as the country's economy.

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According to a survey by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, despite almost seven of 10 smokers in India being aware that smoking is unsafe, 53 per cent have been unsuccessful in their attempts to quit. 31st May of every year has been declared as world No Tobacco Day to the dangers associated with using tobacco, and to press for policies to reduce tobacco use.

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

"Unfortunately, most tobacco-related deaths occur in low and middle income countries where the population is target of intensive tobacco industry marketing. We've seen a decline in cigar smoking, and lately, we have started to see a decline in smokeless tobacco". "The health effects from tobacco are far greater than cannabis".

Commenting on the decline in Swiss smokers, Daniel Dauwalder, a spokesman for the Federal Office of Public Health, pointed out that Swiss tobacco legislation was "relatively liberal".

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