Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

France Made 1 Million Smokers Quit In 2017

France Made 1 Million Smokers Quit In 2017

Each year, tobacco kills over seven million people and without urgent action the death toll from tobacco will rise above eight million by 2030. This amounts to a drop from 13.2 million smokers to 12.2 million over the period.

Ahead of World No Tobacco Day which will be commemorated on Thursday, Lovin Malta asked the Health Ministry for an update regarding the public health war on tobacco.

World No Tobacco Day was established by WHO in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.

Health department of Mohali administration carried out a special drive against roadside vendors, who was found violating Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Acts (COTPA) 2003 by selling tobacco product in the open.

- The theme of WHO World No Tobacco Day 2018 on 31 May is: "Tobacco". Furthermore, it is the second most prevalent cause of CVD after hypertension. Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths.

Scientific studies have shown that carcinogens are absorbed in the bodies of passive smokers, similar to those absorbed by active smokers, which cause cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and cancer of the lungs, pharynx, throat, colon, bladder, kidney, cervix and pancreas.

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ICA director-general Miri Ziv said: "We must change the social norm regarding smoking in Israel and raise a generation of citizens free from tobacco and nicotine addiction". Over time, this can cause "wear and tear" on the cardiovascular system.

Smoking damages blood vessels and thickens blood.

Cigarette smoking increases your risk of stroke by increasing clotting factors in the blood, decreasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels and increasing levels of triglyceride, a type of fat in your blood.

Smoking actually triples a person's risk of dying from heart disease. The guidelines also include offering help to people who want to quit tobacco by advising them on ways to quit and informing them about the health hazards of tobacco use.

Citing the World Health Organisation, the Health Ministry listed increased taxes/prices, plain packaging, advertising bans, banning tobacco smoke in public places and mass media campaigns to educate about harm were all deemed to be best practices. Raising taxes on tobacco products and making them less affordable can be an effective measure to reduce tobacco use.

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