Health minister favours warnings on cigarettes as feds outline tobacco strategy


WHO, in a message on Wednesday to commemorate the day celebrated annually on May 31, also urged countries to enforce a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship and monitor tobacco use and prevention policies.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the global tobacco epidemic kills more than seven million people every year, of which almost 900,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.

"In this regard and in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day, let us try to make Brunei Darussalam free of cigarette smoke".

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.

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"The percentage of adults who do not believe smoking causes stroke are for example in China as high as 73 percent, for heart attacks 61 percent of adults in China are not aware that smoking increases the risk", Bettcher said.

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

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.

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure are major causes of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and stroke, contributing to approximately 3 million deaths per year.

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The Health Minister of France recently announced that one million people in France have quit smoking within the past year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct smoking. Smokeless tobacco users at 19.9 crore are far more than 10 crore smokers, whether cigarettes or bidis.

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.

The proposed measure is being studied by Health Department officials, Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Thursday as she announced Canada's tobacco strategy. As per data, 19 per cent of men, 2 per cent of women and 10.7 per cent of all adults now smoke tobacco, while 29.6 per cent of men, 12.8 per cent of women and 21.4 per cent of all adults now use smokeless tobacco. "Measures that reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco include making all indoor public and workplaces completely smoke-free and promoting use of tobacco package warnings that demonstrate the health risks of tobacco". He said nicotine gums, patches, sprays, inhalers and medicines can help one quit tobacco.

Francois Bourdillon is the director of the public health agency. The government has already lost revenue during 2017, by playing into the hands of the tobacco industry. It is a day where awareness is spread about the negative effects of tobacco and how smoking is a great health risk.

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