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Tobacco kills more than 7 million people a year

06 Juin 2017

Tobacco use kills more than seven million people annually and costs over $1.4 trillion in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity, the World Health Organisation, WHO, says.

Shifa International Hospital Islamabad (SIHI) organized an awareness campaign for patients and general public to mark world No Tobacco day.

While lobbying on tobacco in the USA has fallen over the last few years, the amounts being spent to gain political influence by tobacco firms, and those with an interest in the industry, is still high - in the last full year, the Center for Responsive Politics reported a total of $20 million.

Sixty percent of Chinese smokers were unaware that cigarettes can lead to strokes and nearly 40 percent weren't aware that smoking causes heart disease, according to the study, which was released on World No Tobacco Day, when the World Health Organization and others highlight health risks associated with tobacco use.

But WHO says that high-income countries with taxes on tobacco products do not face widespread issues related to illicit trade, while low-income countries continue to do so, precisely because of weaker tobacco-control programmes and taxes.

The statement, which is addressed to health ministers worldwide and the WHO, addresses "the threat posed by tobacco consumption to global health and economic wellbeing".

Faculty members and students of G. Pulla Reddy Dental College took out a World No Tobacco Day rally from Nandyal checkpost to C Camp in Kurnool on Wednesday.

Tobacco smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals, at least 250 of which are known to be harmful.

Tobacco contributes to 16% of all noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) deaths, it said.

According to the World Bank, there are fewer smokers in South Africa today than there were in 2000, with about 19% of the population over the age of 15 smoking in 2015, compared to 24% of the population in 2000. It estimates that it drains more than $1.4 trillion (1.3 trillion euros) from households and governments each year in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity, or almost two percent of the global gross domestic product.

The vision is to see the next generation of children born and raised in a place free from tobacco, where smoking is unusual.

All countries have committed to eradicate poverty through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, key elements of which include implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

"Tobacco use worsens health inequalities and exacerbates poverty, as the poorest people spend less on essentials such as food, education and healthcare", Moeti said.

A study titled Smoking Prevalance and Cigarette consumption in 187 Countries 1980-2012 undertaken by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington found that the number of woman smokers has increased from 5.3 million in 1980 to 12.1 million in 2012. In the past twenty nine years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.