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World Health Organization stresses environmental impact of tobacco smoking

08 Juin 2017

In the report, WHO warned that the annual death toll of seven million people had jumped from four million at the turn of the century, making tobacco the world's single biggest cause of preventable death.

The notoriously bad habit, which is known to cause heart disease and lung cancer, "threatens us all", according to World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan.

"Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air", says Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO.

"Strengthening domestic resource mobilisation, this would create funds needed to meet the 2030 Agenda development priorities", Chestnov suggested.

"From 4% in 2003 to nearly a quarter of all smokers smoking roll your own cigarettes in 2014, and we know that roll your own tobacco and all tobacco is very damaging to peoples' health", she said. World Health Organization said that tobacco waste contains more than 7,000 toxic chemicals that poison the environment. And tobacco waste is the largest type of litter by count globally.

Most of the respondents, who began smoking 10-12 years ago, blamed hectic work schedules for smoking and consumed as many as 10-12 cigarettes a day. 10%-14% of children from tobacco-growing families miss class because of working in tobacco fields.

60% to 70% of tobacco farm workers are women, putting them in close contact with hazardous chemicals.

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Tobacco also contributes to 16% of all NCD deaths.

"It is past time to get serious about tackling high rates of tobacco use in countries across this Region: nothing less than our collective vision for a healthy, sustainable and inclusive future is at stake", Mr. Shin said.

According to research supported by the University of California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program IDEA Grant and published in BMJ Journals in 2011, toxicity of cigarette stubs, and their chemical components pose a potential ecological threat to oceans and the aquatic life that call these waters home.

Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): Mizoram today joined the world community in observing World No Tobacco Day with a theme "Tobacco-a threat to development". "They die over the consequences caused by tobacco", says Nkurunziza.

The Punjab administration also vowed to ramp up efforts to raise the Value-Added Tax on Bidi's and smokeless tobacco in order to bring it at par with cigarettes.

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31.

"For the African Region, the cost of healthcare from tobacco smoking is 3.5 per cent of total health expenditure each year, imposing a heavy economic burden on national economies through increased healthcare costs".

World Health Organization stresses environmental impact of tobacco smoking