Smoking Causes More Than Seven Million Deaths

Henrietta Brewer
June 2, 2018

Today May 31, 2018 is World No Tobacco Day and Sierra Leone together with WHO is highlighting how tobacco threatens the development of nations.

"It's an irony that in coming 24 hours, 2,739 people will lose their lives due to cancer caused by use of tobacco and other tobacco products.because the quit rate is very low - only about three per cent in India", Sambandh Health Foundation trustee Sanjay Seth said.

Mosli also points out that smoking is one of the leading causes pf premature death, with around 3,000 Albertans killed every year because of smoking-related illnesses.

"In Myanmar, smoking and betel chewing have increased nationwide".


According to the World Health Organization, smoking causes six million deaths per year.

"Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 20-30 per cent". Tobacco use is the second leading risk factor for CVD, after high blood pressure. This year, World No Tobacco Day will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted in November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties in Seoul, South Korea, and is open for ratification, acceptance and approval by the parties to the WHO FCTC.

"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.


"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. The report shows that smokers are sacrificing their physical and economic well-being to smoke, even though many of them have the desire to quit.

Public Health England in the United Kingdom, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, as well as many other regulators and health authorities worldwide have acknowledged that smoke-free products like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco devices could offer a less harmful alternative to cigarettes.In fact they are integrating the availability of these new products into their anti-smoking policies.In almost every OECD country today, smoke-free products are now widely available.

The scale of tobacco-related devastation of human health is shocking, but as Ghebreyesus said these deaths are preventable.

It is only governments who can help end the scourge of tobacco. Not smoking tobacco is one of the few key habits individuals can cultivate for their health and the health of their families.


While 19% of men constitute the smokers, 2% of women and 10.7% (99.5 million) of all adults now smoke tobacco, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) conducted by conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) along with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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