"Most people know that using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people aren't aware that tobacco also causes heart disease and stroke - the world's leading killers", said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. When tobacco users die prematurely in their productive years, families lose loved ones and income, and economic development is negatively affected.
Smoking and chewing tobacco are one of the leading causes for cardiovascular diseases, which is the leading cause of death in the UAE, according to Gulf News.
Omiyefa said: "Tobacco use has been linked to over seven million deaths worldwide and causes a lot of deaths related to noncommunicable diseases including cancers, cardiovascular diseases and stroke every year. The problem is MS has fairly low tobacco tax, state tobacco tax", said McMillan.
According to him, there is low level of awareness on the risks that tobacco smoking constitute to the human heart. Since then the annual observance has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
CTC-Pak officials Jan Odhano, Nadeem Behrani, Qurban Ali and others said that tobacco is the primary contributor to 16 percent of all non-communicable diseases (NCDs) deaths particularly cardiovascular. "Higher tobacco taxes, bans on tobacco advertising and promotion, smoke free environments in all public and work places, and large and graphic health warnings on tobacco packages can all help improve health".
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"When we started doing this in 1998 a third of our high school kids were cigarette smokers", said McMillan.
An average of 27 people die every week in the UAE due to tobacco related diseases.
A country-by-country analysis warns that "the smoking epidemic is being exported from the rich world to low-income and middle-income countries". The data shows that 42.4 per cent of men, 14.2 per cent of women and 28.6 per cent of all adults now either smoke and or use smokeless tobacco.
The Strategy is supported by measures introduced through the new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, which recently received Royal Assent, and through the increased funding for federal action on tobacco that was announced in Budget 2018 - the first significant increase in funding to address tobacco use in almost two decades.
She also noted that effective measures to reduce tobacco demand which can be accomplished in a short time and at reasonable cost include increasing tobacco taxes and prices, which will save lives as well as generate money for governments.
Messanvi added that, "as a responsible organisation, we will continue to abide by all the laws of the countries we operate in and will constantly explore safer and new offerings to consumers as our commitment to tobacco harm reduction".