Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Over 50% smokers failed in their efforts to quit smoking

Over 50% smokers failed in their efforts to quit smoking

In 1988, the WHO Assembly adopted a resolution declaring May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, a date to draw attention to the risks associated with smoking and to advocate for effective policies to reduce its use. These include a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces, public spaces and public transport, graphic health warnings on tobacco products, among other measures.

The WHO said, "The tobacco epidemic was one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than seven million people each year".

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.

He also called for "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".

An estimated four million Canadians still smoke and about 45,000 die each year from tobacco use.

There has been a steady decline in tobacco consumption worldwide, reveals a report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Good business for them translates to a colossal and ever growing global public health disaster that our government must urgently act to contain".

"Smoking spans beyond splurging hard-earned money on a non-productive habit that is highly addictive, it involves the inhalation of more than 4,000 chemicals into the lungs which are then absorbed into the body, causing a large number of serious health concerns".

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Over half of all WHO Member States have reduced demand for tobacco, and nearly one in eight are likely to meet the 30% reduction target by 2025.

It is only governments who can help end the scourge of tobacco.

There are several factors that have led to the decrease in the number of cigarette smokers. It says one of the major factors impeding low- and middle-countries is the tobacco industry with its aggressive promotion of tobacco products, especially to young people, and its ongoing efforts to hide the dangers of smoking.

"Many persons think that if you practise healthy lifestyles such as high levels of physical activity and healthy diet and smoke tobacco products, you won't be at risk for heart attack and stroke - this is not so".

After 10 years of quitting smoking, your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases.

According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2 (GATS2) carried out between 2016 and 2017, prevalence of smoking tobacco is the lowest in Maharashtra compared to all states and Union Territories in India.

Worldwide, about 7%, or just over 24 million children aged 13-15, smoke cigarettes, (17 million boys and 7 million girls).

Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, (LMICS). "What we want to ensure is that cannabis is treated in the same manner as what tobacco related products would be utilized as well".

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