Call to introduce higher tobacco tax to encourage smokers to quit

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Most of the 2,700-odd people who will die in the next 24 hours in India due to cancer caused by smoking and other tobacco products tried to quit but failed and were living their last days with a feeling of being powerless over their habit.

The health office says around 9,500 people - out of a population of 8.4 million - die in Switzerland every year from tobacco-related illnesses.

Meanwhile, other non-communicable diseases linked to smoking which are also top causes of deaths and diseases among Filipinos are: cancer, stroke, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and other heart diseases, said Duque.

"As such, quitting is the only way to dramatically reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and a variety of cancers".

Recent years have seen neutral packaging, reimbursements for people using tobacco substitutes, higher cigarette pricing and campaigns like the national tobacco-free month.

Moeti said this in her message to celebrate the 2018 WTD, adding that World No Tobacco Day is a chance for government and the public to take a firm action.

The reported attributed the decrease in the prevalence of smoking for both males and females to the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which undertook intervention such as monitoring tobacco use, develop prevention policies, enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship and also raising taxes on tobacco.

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The Free Market Foundation (FMF) released a statement yesterday which opposes the stricter proposed smoking laws, saying that these laws violates the freedom of choice of adults who smoke.

Idris noted that coronary heart disease (CHD) had been recorded as a leading killer since 2007 in public hospitals.

The Olympic Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) covers all enclosed places with public access, including the sporting venues, bars, restaurants and vehicles, as well as any enclosed place in the Olympic and Paralympic Villages.

Jan Odhano said that the government is responsible for protecting people's health from tobacco exposure and for this objective it has to strictly enforce the tobacco control laws in Pakistan to restrict access to tobacco. "It quite literally breaks hearts", he said. This amounts to a drop from 13.2 million smokers to 12.2 million over the period.

Asia is home to 60% of the world's 1.1 billion smokers.

But countries must do more to monitor tobacco use in all its forms - not only cigarette smoking.

Developing countries: Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICS). Mixing e-cigarette flavors also had an even more damaging effect than exposure to just one flavor. Aware of these risks, the tobacco industry has, for about 50 years, intensified research on ways to make tobacco products safer for adult consumers, protect the environment while ensuring that human and social capital costs are sustainable and productive.

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