Health minister favours warnings on cigarettes as feds outline tobacco strategy

Health minister favours warnings on cigarettes as feds outline tobacco strategy

Since 2016, the Tobacco Consequences Prevention Fund under the Ministry of Health has assisted the operation of free hotlines supporting cigarette addicts at Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi and Gia Dinh People's Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, while helping eight other health facilities run consultations for people who want to quit smoking.

Around 40,000 people die of smoking-related diseases in the country every year, and numerous diseases like cancers, cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are leading death causes in Vietnam, he noted.

Tobacco use also creates economic burden, costing countries a staggering $1.4 trillion dollars a year in health care costs and lost productivity.

It's a substance that kills more than half of its users, accounting for one in 10 adult deaths and killing more than seven million people globally each year.

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure are major causes of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and stroke, contributing to approximately 3 million deaths per year.

Stoptober is an annual public health campaign which encourages people to give up smoking for 28 days.

The new packaging rules for tobacco products prohibit promotional information, branding and logos, and were firmly opposed by Big Tobacco.

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With one billion smokers in the world, and one billion people projected to die from smoking in this century, the Foundation's task is urgent. It also aims to bolster the cardiovascular community and help them in their fight against tobacco.

Experts believe the low prices of tobacco products are the main cause leading to its widespread use. "Smokeless tobacco poses just as many health risks", said Dr Ramananda Srikantiah Nadig, Head of the Clinical Advisory Board, healthi.

Although concrete actions and measures exist to stem the tide of tobacco related diseases, more needs to be done to further raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use. The theme of WNTD 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease".

A Chinese health department official said on May 28 that 180 million children in the country have been harmed by passive smoking and about 6.9 percent of all Chinese teenagers smoke. "If you put down the tobacco and you stop the addiction maybe you'll open yourself up to a new world of different opportunities".

Worldwide, smoking causes one in 10 deaths, half of them in just four countries - China, India, the U.S. and Russian Federation, according to the Lancet.

In line with this, the new bill calls for a 100% ban on smoking in public places.

"For those who have successfully quit smoking, Insya Allah, the improvement in their health will be quite obvious, and the risk of cardiovascular diseases will also decrease", he said. And it is the people of these countries that are the targets of intensive tobacco industry marketing.

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