53 per cent unsuccessful in attempts to quit smoking

53 per cent unsuccessful in attempts to quit smoking

53 per cent unsuccessful in attempts to quit smoking

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on governments worldwide to increase tobacco taxes and make the product unaffordable, just as it lamented that deaths occasioned by tobacco use as well as global tobacco epidemic was up to seven million people yearly.

"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".

Non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30%.

"In the two years since the Royal College of Physicians found that "harm reduction has huge potential to prevent death and disability from tobacco use", we continue to largely ignore the fact that many smokers do not want to quit, but obtain pleasure from smoking". Around 18% adults smoke tobacco products and 4.1% adults consume smokeless tobacco. An official statement issued on Thursday said that according to a new World Health Organization report tobacco use had declined since 2000, but the reduction was insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death, cardiovascular diseases and other NCDs.

The study revealed that on an average, the monthly expenditure of a smoker on cigarettes was Rs 1192.5.

Meanwhile, an Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Ahmed Gabdo, has cautioned parents against smoking cigarettes close to their children to safeguard their health and future development.Gabdo, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on yesterday, said the warning would safeguard the health of children.

"If we can't control the consumption of tobacco among youth, the number of people with non-communicable diseases will be high when they get old, said Dr Than Sein, president of the People's Health Foundation".

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted in November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties in Seoul, South Korea, and is open for ratification, acceptance and approval by the parties to the WHO FCTC.

The study did not directly compare the risk of e-cigarettes to tobacco cigarettes, but the researchers said the results suggest that those who use e-cigs may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not use the devices. There are 1.1 billion adult smokers in the world today, and at least 367 million smokeless tobacco users. The WHO FCTC is a milestone in the promotion of public health. The government has already lost revenue during 2017, by playing into the hands of the tobacco industry.

68% smokers say that they are well informed about the impact of smoking on ones health. On this world tobacco day, the smokers need to resolve to quit smoking completely which is considered as the best option.

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