"This World No Tobacco Day, WHO is drawing attention to the fact that tobacco doesn't just cause cancer, it quite literally breaks hearts".
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the global tobacco epidemic kills more than seven million people every year, of which almost 900,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.
Even though losing revenue from cigarettes is something to contend with, we may eventually see a day when Singapore will be smoke-free.
Officials with Alberta Health Services marked World No Tobacco Day on Thursday by highlighting the many programs and services in place to help people quit smoking and all forms of tobacco. It is also the world's leading case of non-communicable disease deaths, responsible for 44 per cent of all NCD deaths or 17.9 million deaths annually.
In 2015, Vietnamese smokers spent 31 trillion VND (1.36 billion USD) on tobacco, while total treatment expenses for smoking-related diseases exceeded 23 trillion VND (1.01 billion USD).
In Africa alone, some 146,000 adults aged 30 years and more die every year from tobacco-related diseases.
Such continuous exposure in the long-term can increase the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by around 30 per cent.
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".
In Uganda, the report indicates that there is total of about two million tobacco smokers with an Age-standardised prevalence of 10.1 per cent for both males and females.
In Asia, regulators in Japan and Korea allow smokers access to smoke-free products, and the results have been impressive with millions having already switched from cigarettes.
Motsoaledi also proposed that cigarette packaging contain images of the effects of smoking on the human body as a way to deter smokers from continuing the habit.
Consumption in the developing world is rising fast as companies aggresively market their products there, unhindered by advertising bans or health warnings, and replacing consumers in the West who have given up, or died. "Choose Health, not Tobacco". As per data, 19 per cent of men, 2 per cent of women and 10.7 per cent of all adults now smoke tobacco, while 29.6 per cent of men, 12.8 per cent of women and 21.4 per cent of all adults now use smokeless tobacco. The campaign will increase awareness on the link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, and actions and measures that people can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco.
"The data show what we have anecdotally known for decades - that many smokers have the desire to quit, but not the means to match it", said Foundation President Derek Yach.
Programs targeting children have helped prevent teens from picking up tobacco products.