Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

AHS highlights smoking dangers on World No Tobacco Day

AHS highlights smoking dangers on World No Tobacco Day

Over a million deaths are caused by second hand smoking.

Unlike other countries, there is no regulation over the availability of tobacco products.

In addition, online supports and resources are available from to help people increase their chances of quitting with all supports free of charge.

The tobacco-free standards were also implemented at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

"Most people know that using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people aren't aware that tobacco also causes heart disease and stroke - the world's leading killers", WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. Smoking and consumption of tobacco are really harmful to us.

In India, there is no regulatory mechanism to allow access to adult smokers, who do not want to quit or can not quit smoking, to such smoke free alternatives.

The minister cited a 2014 Global School Health Survey (GSHS) study, which showed that 40 per cent of adolescents aged 13-17 are exposed to passive smoking, and that one in every three teenagers have parents or guardians who use tobacco products.

"When I look at the rates of tobacco use, we have certainly come a long ways, but I personally believe a lot of work needs to be done in this area", said Petitpas Taylor.

Released by the World Health Organization (WHO), it aims to raise awareness of the effect of cigarettes on the heart and encourage smokers to quit.

Meanwhile, other non-communicable diseases linked to smoking which are also top causes of deaths and diseases among Filipinos are: cancer, stroke, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and other heart diseases, said Duque.

Duque advised current smokers to quit smoking and seek help through phone-supported tobacco cessation called Quitline (165-364), which was launched a year ago, providing real-time counseling and support.

But it warned that the pace of reduction was too slow. It focused on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

A United Kingdom study found that e-cigarettes may increase the risk of developing pneumonia, as they can prompt pneumonia-causing bacteria to stick to cells lining the airways, increasing susceptibility to the disease.

Latest data from the WHO report indicates that there are around 1.1 billion smokers in the world today - the same number as at the turn of the century. More importantly, long-term smokers can use them as a substitute for traditional cigarettes to help in quitting the habit or, at least, switch to a less risky alternative.

Through the Tobacco Reduction Program, Albertans are offered a variety of ways to access these programs and services, such as by telephone, in-person group cessation programs and one-on-one counselling.

It is clear that despite the well-known health risks associated with smoking, many people continue to smoke.

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