It’s World Tobacco Day, quit being a butt-head!

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Although smoking is banned in public spaces in India, non-smokers are still exposed and inconvenienced by smokers, especially children living with parents who smoke.

The survey by Smoke-Free World further states that more than 104 million people in India alone continue to imperil their health by using combusted tobacco every day.

She called on government to promulgate policies that regulate tobacco, promote smoke-free environments and encourage people to quit smoking as this will improve the health and well-being of all people.

World Health Organization advised countries to also offer help to people who wished to quit tobacco use by covering the cost of their treatments, provide medical care, counselling and toll-free lines. The report shows the pace of action in reducing tobacco demand and related death and disease is too slow and not keeping up with global and national commitments to control tobacco use.

"Tobacco smoke thickens the blood, increases the risk of blood clots, narrow the arteries and restricts oxygen in the blood", said Duque.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths.

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Experts believe the low prices of tobacco products are the main cause leading to its widespread use.

Vietnam is among the 15 countries with the world's highest smoking prevalence among male adults when one in every two male adults is a smoker.

In 2017, more than 7,000 phone calls were placed for help on smoking addiction, while 8,400 patients were treated for cigarette addiction at nine hospitals. "Choose Health, not Tobacco".

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO's Department for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, warned there is still a lack of awareness of the risks of the harmful habit.

He named Ireland and Uruguay as countries that had achieved the highest level of tobacco control before, adding that since 2007, the number of people around the world to have benefited from these measures has more than quadrupled, from one billion to five billion. "We've seen a decline in cigar smoking, and lately, we have started to see a decline in smokeless tobacco". It is the initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the intention to draw the attention of the global community to the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The WHO FCTC is a milestone in the promotion of public health. On this world tobacco day, the smokers need to resolve to quit smoking completely which is considered as the best option.

WHO's survey found that when tobacco usage falls in one country it is usually offset by the consumption of such substances in countries where there are lax regulations and controls on tobacco.

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