Smoking causing millions of heart attacks, strokes

Smoking causing millions of heart attacks, strokes

Despite the apparent lack of progress in tackling the total number of smokers, the report highlights that only one in five people smoke today, compared to more than one in four, 18 years ago.

"To feed their insatiable hunger for profit, tobacco making companies are preying on young people in the country and they seek to lure them to a lifetime of addiction to their toxic products".

Dr. Wurie, in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation also added that by increasing taxes and prices, promoting tobacco cessation, bans on advertising of tobacco products, and restrictions on smoking in public places are proven and effective ways to reduce smoking.

Heavy toll on healthTobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure are major causes of CVD, including heart attacks and stroke. "It also increases the risk of heart diseases and stroke", Swapnil Mehta, consultant pulmonologist at a private hospital in the city, said.

"Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 20-30 per cent".

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. An official statement issued on Thursday said that according to a new World Health Organization report tobacco use had declined since 2000, but the reduction was insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death, cardiovascular diseases and other NCDs.

Every minute, smokers get through almost 11 million cigarettes and 10 die from the habit, experts say, in an industry that generates billions of dollars. People and communities can also contribute to creating a tobacco-free Sierra Leone and commit to never take up or stop using tobacco products.


Seye Omiyefa, the Executive Director of YATCH, made the disclosure at an awareness campaign and walk to mark the 2018 World No Tobacco Day.

Heart diseases, asthma, other respiratory diseases and cancer have been found to have increased risk in people who consume tobacco - smoking, to be specific. This inquiry followed a 2015 review published by Public Health England suggesting that vaping was around 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco.

The WHO forecasts declines in global volume and sales value by the start of the next decade, but while Europe and America are kicking the habit, in the near East and Africa tobacco consumption is rising.

The minister stressed the need for decisive measures and political will to deal with the high figures of tobacco consumption in the country.

The scale of tobacco-related devastation of human health is shocking, but as Ghebreyesus said these deaths are preventable.

That's a drop from 13.2 million daily smokers to 12.2 million, which health officials attribute to the anti-smoking measures of their National Tobacco Reduction Plan in 2016.

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