Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease

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"In addition, every person can play a role in promoting healthy hearts by committing not to use tobacco, helping others to quit, and protecting all people, including family members, workers and children, from tobacco smoke".

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.

World Health Organization warned that tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke were "major causes" of cardiovascular disease, contributing to three million deaths annually. The smoke generated by smoking a cigarette, a pipe or any other tobacco products can cause a severe damage to the individual who is smoking and also people around who are exposed to the smoke.

Globally, tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year, which is one death every five seconds.

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.

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

WHO, in a message on Wednesday to commemorate the day celebrated annually on May 31, also urged countries to enforce a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship and monitor tobacco use and prevention policies.

A United Kingdom study found that e-cigarettes may increase the risk of developing pneumonia, as they can prompt pneumonia-causing bacteria to stick to cells lining the airways, increasing susceptibility to the disease. "Let us choose health, not tobacco", she added. The report shows the pace of action in reducing tobacco demand and related death and disease is too slow and not keeping up with global and national commitments to control tobacco use.

Due to population growth, the number of smokers in the world has remained relatively stable at around 1.1 billion, Bettcher told reporters. Even with brief exposure, second-hand smoke makes the blood stickier, increasing the risk of forming blood clots, which can cause heart attacks, strokes, angina and complete heart failure.

According to the World Health Organisation's 2017 data, Vietnam was among 15 countries worldwide with lowest prices set for tobacco.

Other than the Asian countries, millions of smokers across the world are making changes like never before when it comes to cigarette smoking.

"The tobacco industry continues to aggressively promote the use of tobacco products and to hide the dangers of tobacco use; but, we are fighting back to help prevent this ongoing devastation".

A country-by-country analysis warns that "the smoking epidemic is being exported from the rich world to low-income and middle-income countries".