Are e-cigarettes a safe way to quit?

Frederick Owens
June 2, 2018

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

This year's theme "tobacco and heart disease", focuses on tobacco use as a key risk factor for developing heart and related diseases.

Despite the devastating harm of tobacco to heart health and availability of solutions to reduce tobacco-related deaths and diseases, knowledge among a majority of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD), is low.

The global tobacco epidemic kills more than seven million people each year and in Pakistan, 108,800 deaths are associated with tobacco.

Although thought to be considerably safer than tobacco cigarettes, studies have linked long-term use to heart disease and cancer.

Dr. Yach is a former World Health Organization (WHO) Cabinet Director and Executive Director for noncommunicable diseases and mental health where he was deeply involved with the development of the world's treaty on tobacco control, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Scoreboards should promote the tobacco-free policy, plus no smoking-related products can be sold at designated Olympic or Paralympics sites. "You do not have to wait 10 years to see the impact on a population's health, especially in relation to cardiovascular diseases. Let us choose health, not tobacco", she added.

"Smoking spans beyond splurging hard-earned money on a non-productive habit that is highly addictive, it involves the inhalation of more than 4,000 chemicals into the lungs which are then absorbed into the body, causing a large number of serious health concerns".

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

Worldwide, smoking causes one in 10 deaths, half of them in just four countries - China, India, the United States and Russian Federation, according to the Lancet. The number of smokers in the world has barely changed this century: it was also 1.1 billion in 2000.

"It is a significant health concern and I wish that people were more aware of the programs that we have in place to support people to quit smoking", exclaims Mosli.

Youth: Worldwide, about 7%, or just over 24 million children aged 13-15, smoke cigarettes (17 million boys and 7 million girls).

WHO's survey found that when tobacco usage falls in one country it is usually offset by the consumption of such substances in countries where there are lax regulations and controls on tobacco.

The vast majority of smokers begin smoking by adolescence or young adulthood.

Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, (LMICS).

He further said that the government also compromised on tobacco tax this year as well by accommodating the tobacco industry by continuation of the third tier which allows most selling brands with least tax. Prevalence of tobacco use is decreasing more slowly in LMICs than in high-income countries.

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