More than 100 million of those live in India.On this month's World No Tobacco Day, most will have no option but to continue smoking cigarettes. "It is imperative for people who are at risk or those with a history of cardiac ailments to discontinue using snuff or other smokeless tobacco products after an attack, failing which it can become life threatening", said Dr Rajiv Agarwal, Cardiologist, Lybrate.
Tobacco use is a major cause of non-communicable disease, not only in Myanmar but also worldwide.
In Africa, about 146,000 adults aged 30 and above die every year from tobacco related diseases, adding that when users die prematurely in their productive years, families lose loved ones and income, and economic development is negatively affected.
World No Tobacco Day is being observed today.
The high level of carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen the blood carries, causing vital organs such as heart, lungs, brain don't receive enough oxygen to perform everyday functions.
He said: '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.
According to a new World Health Organization report on smoking trends and prevalence, the percentage of people worldwide who indulge in the habit has dropped from 27 percent in 2000 to 20 percent in 2016. "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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The report further indicates that Uganda men smoke more than women with the tobacco prevalence of 16.7 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively.
The FSFW global survey, comprising 17,000 participants across 13 countries, also indicates enormous challenges in creating a one-size-fits-all approach to quit smoking.
The proposed measure is being studied by Health Department officials, Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Thursday as she announced Canada's tobacco strategy.
"You do not have to be a heavy smoker or smoking for a long time to have a heart attack and stroke due to tobacco smoke".
The new packaging rules for tobacco products prohibit promotional information, branding and logos, and were firmly opposed by Big Tobacco.
WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan says tobacco threatens the world.
Michael Perley, director of the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco, said the strategy helps the overall effort, but he deplored the lack of tough action on the industry. The report shows that worldwide, 27% smoked tobacco in 2000, compared to 20% in 2016. But countries must do more to monitor tobacco use in all its forms - not only cigarette smoking.