Health & Diet

On World No Tobacco Day, Make The Decision To Choose Life

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| May 31 , 2018 , 13:18 IST

The theme of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2018 announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is 'Tobacco and Heart Disease' but apart from heart diseases, the consumption of Tobacco is harmful in any form. World No Tobacco Day is observed every year on May 31, to highlight the health and other risks connected to Tobacco use.

Addiction to Tobacco products is one of the biggest health challenges in modern times, with there being around 1 billion smokers around the world, equalling nearly one-seventh of the global population. According to WHO, Tobacco use kills more than 7 million people every year and costs governments more than $1.4 trillion through lost productivity and healthcare expenditure.

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Tobacco use has been connected with increased risk of cancer, lung damage, heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death worldwide, with tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure accounting for nearly 17 percent of all heart disease deaths. After high blood pressure, Tobacco is the second leading cause of CVD.

Although the dangers of smoking and consuming Tobacco in other forms such as chewing Tobacco are well known, a majority of Tobacco users get addicted and are not able to quit.

The goals of the World No Tobacco Day 2018 campaign as specified by WHO are:

Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products and heart and other cardiovascular diseases.

Increase awareness within the broader public of the impact tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke have on cardiovascular health.

Provide opportunities for the public, governments and others to make commitments to promote heart health by protecting people from use of tobacco products.