Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Video reveals what cigarettes really do to your heart

Video reveals what cigarettes really do to your heart

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco accounts for about seven million deaths globally each year.

"Despite the known harms of tobacco to heart health and the availability of solutions to reduce related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is low".

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 use also creates economic burden, costing countries a staggering $1.4 trillion dollars a year in health care costs and lost productivity.

Dr Kyaw Kan Kaung, director of the Department of Public Health for Non-Communicable Diseases, told The Myanmar Times that the government will further intensify measures to control tobacco use and sale.

The report said in China, more than six out of 10 people were unaware that smoking could cause a heart attack while in India and Indonesia, more than half of all adults did not know that the habit could lead to a stroke. And it is the people of these countries that are the targets of intensive tobacco industry marketing.

A recent community based study done by some Indian medical college students on prevalence of tobacco smoking say's that reasons to smoke are mostly psychological. "This World No Tobacco Day, WHO is drawing attention to the fact that tobacco doesn't just cause cancer, it quite literally breaks hearts".

"Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death", he said.

Consultant cardiologist at Shifa International Hospital (SIH) Dr. Yusuf Hasan made these remarks at an awareness campaign organized in connection with World No Tobacco Day here on Thursday.

Omiyefa said that every year, Nigeria loses all cadres of manpower and all categories of statesmen to tobacco-related deaths. The report shows that worldwide, 27% smoked tobacco in 2000, compared to 20% in 2016.

The regulated in Korea and Japan enable the smokers to access smoke-free product happy new pressing with millions of them have already switched from the tobacco cigarettes.

"Surveys conducted around the world among children aged 13-15 years indicate that 24 million of them smoke". Bidis, which are a type of low-priced and hand-rolled cigarettes made locally, account for a significant proportion of tobacco use in India.

PMNZ hopes the New Zealand Government will act quickly to ensure there are risk-proportionate regulations applied to smoke-free products to ensure smokers understand the difference between cigarettes and smoke-free alternatives.

Developing countries: Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICS). "We are committed to the next phase of our work, which aims to drive down tobacco use by Canadians to less than 5% by 2035".

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