In 1988, the WHO Assembly adopted a resolution declaring May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, a date to draw attention to the risks associated with smoking and to advocate for effective policies to reduce its use.
Despite the devastating harm of tobacco to heart health and availability of solutions to reduce tobacco-related deaths and diseases, knowledge among a majority of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD), is low. She added that by taking a robust control measure on tobacco, governments can safeguard their countries future by protecting tobacco users and non-users from these deadly products, generating revenues to fund health and other social services, and saving their environments from the ravages of tobacco, the only legal product that maims and kills.
Tobacco use can cause cancer and strokes, and lung, heart, cardiovascular, respiratory and other non-communicable diseases.
WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan says tobacco threatens the world.
Unlike other countries, there is no regulation over the availability of tobacco products.
A study past year found that despite decades of tobacco control policies, population growth had meant there was an increased number of smokers. It also aims to bolster the cardiovascular community and help them in their fight against tobacco.
According to a 2016 US study, electronic cigarettes are also just as damaging to gums and teeth as conventional tobacco cigarettes.
A tobacco-free society should remain a goal, Cunningham said, adding that federal and provincial cannabis legislation is modelled from lessons learned from tobacco.
A large-scale study that looked at data from almost 70,000 participants found that daily e-cigarette use was associated with almost double the risk of having a heart attack. "I believe that instead of just designating one day as World No Tobacco Day, we should promote every day as World No Smoking Day", said Calantzopoulos.
"Governments have the power in their hands to protect their citizens from suffering needlessly from heart disease", Douglas Bettcher, WHO Director for Prevention of NCDs, said, suggesting making indoor public spaces completely smoking-free.
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.
By sex: For males aged 15 and over globally, 43% smoked tobacco in 2000 compared to 34% in 2016, while 11% of females smoked in 2000, compared to 6% in 2016. He stated that the tobacco industry targets low-income people.
Flaky pastries, fine wine and fashionable people smoking lots of cigarettes: Fair or not, this has been a cultural image of France for decades.