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The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, which means that, every day, more than 19,000 people die from tobacco use or second-hand smoke exposure.

"WHO has estimated that tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) is now responsible for the death of about six million people across the world each year with numerous deaths occurring prematurely".

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.

After one year, your risk of coronary heart disease is about half that of a smoker's.

The theme of World Tobacco Day 2018 was "Tobacco and heart disease". "This would represent a breakthrough and transformation of our industry as it produces vaporised nicotine without the harmful side effects from tobacco smoke".

The Olympic Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) covers all enclosed places with public access, including the sporting venues, bars, restaurants and vehicles, as well as any enclosed place in the Olympic and Paralympic Villages.

Country response: Over half of all WHO Member States have reduced demand for tobacco, and nearly one in eight are likely to meet the 30% reduction target by 2025.

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'This World No Tobacco Day, WHO is drawing attention to the fact tobacco doesn't just cause cancer, it quite literally breaks hearts'.

Tobacco use has declined markedly since 2000, both globally and in the Region of the Americas, but the reduction is insufficient to meet global targets aimed at protecting people from death and suffering from cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Due to population growth, the number of smokers in the world has remained relatively stable at around 1.1 billion.

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.

Seven out of 10 smokers in India are aware of the consequences, but 53% among them failed in their efforts to kick the cigarette butt, new data released by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) showed.

WHO's survey found that when tobacco usage falls in one country it is usually offset by the consumption of such substances in countries where there are lax regulations and controls on tobacco.

PMI has already committed $4.5bn in supporting a team of 400 world-class scientists, engineers and technicians who have spent years creating and testing a range of smoke-free products that offer a much better choice for the millions of smokers who don't quit. "What we want to ensure is that cannabis is treated in the same manner as what tobacco related products would be utilized as well".

Yet in many countries, there is very low awareness that smoking significantly increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.