Video reveals what cigarettes really do to your heart


For World No Tobacco Day 2018, WHO has joined hands with the World Heart Federation to highlight the link between tobacco and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) - the world's leading cause of death, responsible for 44 per cent of all NCD (non-communicable diseases) deaths, or 17.9 million deaths annually. The other area of awareness is the feasible actions that governments and the public can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco.

Sanjay Seth, trustee, Sambandh Health Foundation, said that tobacco use was estimated to cause almost 10 per cent of all cardiovascular diseases.

"Exposure to passive smoking for children and adolescents is extremely risky, causing serious respiratory problems such as asthma and increasing their risk of coronary heart disease", he said.

"More than 104 million people in India alone continue to imperil their health by using combusted tobacco every day".

"Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 20-30 per cent".

Experts believe the low prices of tobacco products are the main cause leading to its widespread use. "Cigarette smoking is not only the primary, the inhaled part of it but also what's exhaled in the air and the environment and what precipitates and attaches to people's clothes and furniture".

WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gundo Weiler, meanwhile, said that tobacco use is not only affecting the smokers itself but also their families as well as the country's economy. Let us choose health, not tobacco, Moeti advised. Switzerland signed the treaty in 2004 but has not ratified it, partly due to recent changes to a draft law on tobacco products and specific issues related to advertising and sponsorship.

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She further stated that even exposure to second-hand smoke can trigger a heart attack or stroke in non-smokers.

68% smokers say that they are well informed about the impact of smoking on ones health.

In 1988, the WHO Assembly adopted a resolution declaring May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, a date to draw attention to the risks associated with smoking and to advocate for effective policies to reduce its use.

Francois Bourdillon is the director of the public health agency.

Sanjay Seth, trustee of Sambandh Health Foundation, which raises awareness on the dangers of tobacco consumption, claimed that COPTA isn't very helpful in deterring vendors from selling of tobacco to minors.

Tobacco use has decreased in Australia, Brazil and Britain, where governments have enacted strong anti-smoking measures include higher taxes, bans and health warnings on the packaging.

While 19% of men constitute the smokers, 2% of women and 10.7% (99.5 million) of all adults now smoke tobacco, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) conducted by conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) along with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.