How smoking harms your vision

Glen Mclaughlin
June 2, 2018

For World No Tobacco Day 2018, WHO has collaborated with World Heart Federation to highlight the link between tobacco and cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

Tobacco breaks hearts. "Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke contribute to about 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths".

He also urged everybody to play a role in promoting healthy hearts by committing not to use tobacco, helping others to quit, and protecting all people, including family members, workers and children, from tobacco smoke.

According to him, "the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 7 million people each year".

Smoking harms organs throughout human body, not just lungs as such related diseases as emphysema and lung cancer are among the leading causes of death among smokers, medical expert Maria Angelica Ocampo said on Thursday.

Two hundred people in France die each day due to cigarette smoke.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, marked World No Tobacco Day by launching Canada's Tobacco Strategy.

Dr. Yach is a former World Health Organization (WHO) Cabinet Director and Executive Director for noncommunicable diseases and mental health where he was deeply involved with the development of the world's treaty on tobacco control, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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Smokeless tobacco: in 2015, 6.5% of the global population aged 15 and over used smokeless tobacco (8.4% for males and 4.6% for females).

Commenting on the decline in Swiss smokers, Daniel Dauwalder, a spokesman for the Federal Office of Public Health, pointed out that Swiss tobacco legislation was "relatively liberal".

Through a simple, non-invasive breath test this monitor measures the harmful levels of CO in the blood caused by smoking; the more you smoke, the higher the reading but as you start your quit attempt, you can track your readings as they fall. It focused on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

Beijing and Hebei province will work together on tobacco control promotion and education, standardize tobacco-free environmental construction, enhance the supervisory system and law enforcement and provide more convenient quit-smoking services, Duan said.

More importantly, long-term smokers can use them as a substitute for traditional cigarettes to help in quitting the habit or, at least, switch to a less risky alternative. More than 600,000 nonsmokers are dying each year from secondhand smoke wordwide and 1/3rd of them are children, he said.

Unlike other countries, there is no regulation over the availability of tobacco products.

Developing countries: Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICS). Prevalence of smoking is decreasing more slowly in LMICs than in high-income countries, and the number of smokers is on the increase in low-income countries. "That is what we call third-hand smoke".

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