Smoking harmful to entire human body, not just lungs, says expert — Interview

Spencer Underwood
June 3, 2018

Tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than seven (7) million people yearly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated.

WHILE the link between smoking and a range of cancers is well known, the World Health Organization warned Thursday there was too little awareness of tobacco's impact on the human heart.

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).

More than 80 percent of the world's smokers live in low-and middle-income countries, where the harms of tobacco use are further exacerbated by a lack of access to health care.

He says smoking cigarettes can also lead to heart disease, lung disease, brain disease, strokes and can be the cause of cancer in nearly any organ of the body.

He said: 'Most people know that using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people aren't aware that tobacco also causes heart disease and stroke.

The GATS stated that the awareness campaigns used to ask people to quit using tobacco, worked well.

Beijing and Hebei province will work together on tobacco control promotion and education, standardize tobacco-free environmental construction, enhance the supervisory system and law enforcement and provide more convenient quit-smoking services, Duan said.

Over the years, WHO and multilateral health agencies have encouraged global tobacco regulations and advocacy on the potential health risks of tobacco consumption.


Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

While 92.4% of adults considered that smoking causes severe illnesses, 95.6% of adults believed the same for smokeless tobacco.

More than 104 million people in India continue to put their health at risk by using combusted tobacco every day.

According to the study, tobacco kills an average of 200 people in France every day - about 73,000 people per year.

"World No Tobacco Day is a chance for governments and the public to take firm action".

"It is shocking that with just a puff of cigarette, a smoker breathes more than 4,000 chemicals including arsenic which is used in rat poison and formaldehyde used to embark dead bodies".

It urged countries to protect people from exposure to tobacco smoke by creating a completely smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces and public transport.

The Framework for Tobacco Control calls for effective measures to reduce tobacco demand, and says it can be accomplished in a short time and at reasonable cost. "We've seen a decline in cigar smoking, and lately, we have started to see a decline in smokeless tobacco".

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