Three million people die prematurely each year due to tobacco use that causes cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke, the world's leading killers, it said, marking World No Tobacco Day. People associate tobacco with cigarettes alone. "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". Secondhand smoke cannot only cause an upsurge in cardiovascular risk in nonsmokers, but also increases the risk manifold as exposure increases.
According to the WHO Global Report on Tobacco Prevalence Trends 2000-2025, this is more common in low- and middle-income countries, the specialist said.
Of the over 7 million tobacco-related deaths annually, about 3 million are from heart diseases and stroke, and close to 900,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.
Tobacco contains over 4,000 harmful chemical compounds, exposure to some of which can raise the risk to a certain disease by at least 30 percent.
In the region of the Americas, tobacco is responsible for 900,000 deaths per year, including 72,000 premature deaths caused by second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke, and associated with 11% of the deaths caused by CVD.
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According to a 2016 USA study, electronic cigarettes are also just as damaging to gums and teeth as conventional tobacco cigarettes.
The WHO FCTC, which came into force in 2005, calls on its Parties to take several measures to reduce demand and supply for tobacco products.More news: Advocates target separation of immigrant families at border
"If we can't control the consumption of tobacco among youth, the number of people with non-communicable diseases will be high when they get old, said Dr Than Sein, president of the People's Health Foundation".
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. In 2017, there were 12.2 million smokers.
The WHO official said the small alpine country was good at monitoring tobacco use and prevention measures.
"If we can have a health warning on each of those, it's going to inform consumers, it's going to create public discussion, it's going to make the product less appealing and it'll help fight contraband because it will have a unique marking on cigarettes legitimately sold in Canada".
He added that Pakistan ratified and became a party to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2004.
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.
"Even more alarming are the effects of smoking, which not only impacts the smoker's health, but also that of the people around them who are exposed to cigarette smoke as passive smokers".