According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1.9 million people die yearly as a result of tobacco-induced heart disease.

The World Health Organization disclosed this on Tuesday, September 22.

This information was disclosed in a joint statement with the World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle, Australia prior to the World Heart Day, commemorated on September 29.

The statement implies that smokeless tobacco is accountable for approximately 200,000 deaths from coronary heart disease per year.

“Smokers are more likely to experience an acute cardiovascular event at a younger age than non-smokers.

“Just a few cigarettes a day, occasional smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke increase the risk of heart disease,” it said.

Research has also revealed that several lung diseases such as cancer of the lungs, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary tuberculosis are as a result of direct tobacco use and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

While tobacco is a legal product, its use in any form, even exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke is very hazardous and has no acceptable safety threshold.

Laboratory research reveals that tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, of which a minimum of 250 are ascertained to be toxic with 69 discovered to result in cancer.

A recent study by WHO furthermore reveals that 67 percent of the people dying of COVID-19 in Italy had high blood pressure, and in Spain, 43 per cent of people who had COVID-19 were living with heart disease.

“Making our communities smoke-free reduces the number of tobacco-related hospital admissions, which is more important than ever in the context of the current pandemic,” said Vinayak Prasad, unit lead of the WHO No Tobacco unit.

The World Health Organization reported that the danger of heart disease lessens by 50 percent if a tobacco user makes timely effort.

“If tobacco users take immediate action and quit, then their risk of heart disease will decrease by 50% after one year of not smoking.”

It was announced that global leaders have an obligation to safeguard the health of their people.

It urges the government to assist tobacco users quit by inflating tax on tobacco products, implementing bans on tobacco publicity, and delivering assistance to enable people give up tobacco.

Eduardo Bianco, director of the World Heart Federation Tobacco Expert Group, persuaded cardiology societies to tutor their members in smoking cessation, as well as to stimulate tobacco control advocacy efforts.

“Given the current level of evidence on tobacco and cardiovascular health and the health benefits of quitting smoking, failing to offer cessation services to patients with heart disease could be considered clinical malpractice or negligence,” he said.

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