Smoking harms organs throughout human body, not just lungs as such related diseases as emphysema and lung cancer are among the leading causes of death among smokers, medical expert Maria Angelica Ocampo said on Thursday.
Exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco use are the leading causes of cardiovascular disease and are linked to some three million deaths per year.
Commenting on the decline in Swiss smokers, Daniel Dauwalder, a spokesman for the Federal Office of Public Health, pointed out that Swiss tobacco legislation was "relatively liberal".
World No Tobacco Day 2018 aims to highlight the links between the use of tobacco products and heart and other cardiovascular diseases, increase awareness within the broader public of the impact tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke have on cardiovascular health.
The 30-second clip starts with a heart beating slowly, as it asks viewers if they were aware that tobacco is a major cause of heart disease. In India and Indonesia, more than half of adults do not know smoking can cause stroke.
Dr Douglas Bettcher, head of WHO's non-communicable disease prevention unit, said: 'Governments have the power in their hands to protect their citizens from suffering needlessly from heart disease'.
The global tobacco epidemic kills more than seven million people each year and in Pakistan, 108,800 deaths are associated with tobacco. If the trend continues on the current trajectory, the world will only achieve a 22% reduction by 2025.More news: 5 dead, nearly 200 sickened in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak
Questioned about how to reconcile a robust tobacco initiative with the introduction of legal recreational cannabis by late summer, Petitpas Taylor said marijuana rules are necessary given Canada has the highest number of cannabis users among youth in developed countries. Isn't it weird? Similarly, around 32% of smokers expressed that since they were unable to cope with stress & unwelcome pressure on their mind, they just de-stressed themselves by lighting a cigarette. Due to population growth, the number of smokers in the world has remained relatively stable at around 1.1 billion.
By sex: For males aged 15 and over, 43% smoked tobacco in 2000 compared to 34% in 2015.
Tobacco use has decreased in places such as Australia, Brazil and Britain, where anti-smoking measures include higher taxes, bans and health warnings.
Not enough progressWHO and its member states established "World No Tobacco Day" in 1987 to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to its negative effects on health.
Bidis, which are a type of low-priced and hand-rolled cigarettes that are locally made in India, account for a significant proportion of tobacco use in India.
"Exposure to passive smoking for children and adolescents is extremely unsafe, causing serious respiratory problems such as asthma and increasing their risk of coronary heart disease", he said.
"We have intensify awareness campaigns to raise public knowledge and to stop tobacco use", he said.