Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

World Health Organization wants countries to raise tobacco tax

World Health Organization wants countries to raise tobacco tax

Active or passive smoking kills more than seven million people every year, according to the World Health Organization, with tobacco consumption blamed for the death of on average one person every six seconds.

"Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke contribute to about 12% of all heart disease deaths".

Tobacco use has declined markedly since 2000, both globally and in the Region of the Americas, but the reduction is insufficient to meet global targets aimed at protecting people from death and suffering from cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). When tobacco users die prematurely in their productive years, families lose loved ones and income, and economic development is negatively affected.

Minister Torosyan spoke in favour of the adoption of the Health Ministry-drafted bill to reduce and prevent the negative effects of tobacco products use in the country, at the same time stressing the need to make some changes in the bill regarding the fines on those who might fail to comply with the measure.

Smoking and chewing tobacco are one of the leading causes for cardiovascular diseases, which is the leading cause of death in the UAE, according to Gulf News.

"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".

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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". But evidence shows there is an alarming lack of knowledge and awareness that tobacco is a major risk for conditions like stroke and heart attack.

Smoking and the use of other tobacco products will not be allowed during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, adhering to an initiative first implemented 30 years ago at Calgary 1988.

The global health body made the disclosure on the occasion of the celebration of World No tobacco day. According to the report, Uganda has about 1.1 million daily smokers, out of which one million are males and 180,000 women.

The agency pointed out that tobacco use is responsible for around 17 percent of the almost 18 million deaths from cardiovascular disease around the globe each year. Eighty percent of these deaths occur in low to middle-income countries.

The World Health Organisation, promoting No Tobacco Day this Thursday, is sounding the alarm over the power of Big Tobacco in a new report. Bidis, which are a type of low-priced and hand-rolled cigarettes made locally, account for a significant proportion of tobacco use in India.

Seven out of 10 smokers in India are aware of the consequences, but 53% among them failed in their efforts to kick the cigarette butt, new data released by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) showed. Choose health, not tobacco.

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