World Health Organization wants countries to raise tobacco tax

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Although there is no single intervention that can reduce the risks to heart health by tobacco use, Jamaica continues to implement measures in keeping with best practice and treaty obligations: protection from tobacco smoke with the promulgation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013 and its 2014 amendments.

Although tobacco use has declined markedly since 2000, the World Health Organization report added reduction is insufficient to meet globally agreed targets of protecting people from deaths related to cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Tobacco breaks hearts. Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke contribute to about 12% of all heart disease deaths. Through this Strategy and the new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, we can help people who use tobacco to stop and we can discourage others from starting.

"As such, quitting is the only way to dramatically reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and a variety of cancers".

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She called on government to promulgate policies that regulate tobacco, promote smoke-free environments and encourage people to quit smoking as this will improve the health and well-being of all people.

Yearly tobacco kills seven million individuals all over the world - greater than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria mixed.

"The worldwide prevalence of tobacco smoking has decreased from 27 percent in 2000 to 20 percent in 2016, so progress has been made", Douglas Bettcher, director of the WHO's prevention of noncommunicable diseases department, told a news briefing. Not smoking tobacco is one of the few key habits individuals can cultivate for their health and the health of their families.

Such a drop has not been seen in a decade, according to Public Health France, which carried out the study.

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The organisation said it was concerned that the number of lives lost as a result of tobacco use, but noted that the measures would save lives as well as generate money for governments. About 4% of children aged 13-15 years, (13 million), use smokeless tobacco products.

For this year, the slogan chosen was "Tobacco and heart disease" and focuses on the negative impact of this practice on people's cardiovascular health. "We are committed to the next phase of our work, which aims to drive down tobacco use by Canadians to less than 5% by 2035". He said high authorities need to increase the taxes on tobacco to protect our present and next generation. And it is the people of these countries that are the targets of intensive tobacco industry marketing.

Over 80% of tobacco smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, (LMICS). According to him the 2010-2015 anti-smoking project eyed a decrease of 1.2-2 percent in number of smokers across the country every year.

Since then, the draft for the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill has been published for public comment.

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