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".
"It's bad for the lungs, heart and blood vessels", he said.
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As the country joined the worldwide community to mark the 2018 world no tobacco day, we focus on enforcement of the National tobacco control act 2015.
By Robin GomesCardiovascular diseases (CVD) kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 17% of all heart disease deaths.
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death, experts say. But despite its life-threatening and life-causing effect, tobacco use remains one of the severe risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (such as heart disease, heart failure, chest pains/angina and stroke) in Jamaica.
Every minute, smokers get through almost 11 million cigarettes and 10 die from the habit, experts say, in an industry that generates billions of dollars.
"Among smokers, as much as 30 per cent is from productive age groups between 18-44".
He called on the Federal Government to expedite actions that would ensure the immediate implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act.
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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.
Such continuous exposure in the long-term can increase the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by around 30 per cent. "It also increases the risk for heart attacks and sudden death among passive smokers".
As the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day, South Africa is gearing up to instate new and harsher smoking laws that have left many smokers and rights organisations fuming.
The new clip also comes after health officials in the United Kingdom claimed last summer the end of smoking is finally "in sight" following a stream of quitters.
While 68 per cent of smokers report that they are "well informed" about the impact of smoking on one's health, 51 per cent said, they are planning to quit and 41 per cent of smokers who tried to quit, said, they would need assistance to do so.
"According to a study, within three months of giving up smoking, the risks of a heart attack will decrease and the lung function improves". However, the younger generation is dealing with it better than the smokers five years ago.
Preliminary research from University of Louisville also found that popular chemicals used to flavor e-cigarette liquids may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells, with chemical used for cinnamon flavoring stopping heart cells from moving or contracting for up to 24 hours, while chemicals used for clove, floral and citrus flavoring made cells beat faster.
Even though losing revenue from cigarettes is something to contend with, we may eventually see a day when Singapore will be smoke-free.
Meanwhile, an Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Ahmed Gabdo, has cautioned parents against smoking cigarettes close to their children to safeguard their health and future development.Gabdo, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on yesterday, said the warning would safeguard the health of children.