The World Health Organization released a new report this week that linked tobacco intake to the annual deaths of 1.9 million people.
The report for World Heart Day in Australia was released by the World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle. It is a warning of the dangers of tobacco which can cause heart disease.
Heart disease is the top cause of death on Earth, killing an estimated 17.9 million people every year. The World Health Organization, or WHO, is responsible for smoking and second-hand smoke for nearly two million of these deaths.
Rediger Krech is the Director for Health Promotion at WHO. He told VOA that even smokers throughout life give up their lives. Habit Can prevent from a heart attack or dying too soon the strokes.
“This is good news. If tobacco users now take immediate action and quit, their risk of heart disease will reduce by 50 percent after one year of smoking, ”he said. Krech said the health effects of quitting smoking are immediate.
Tobacco use is the biggest threat. But other major risks of heart disease include lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, high blood pressure and cholesterol and being overweight.
In addition, WHO warns that high blood pressure and heart disease increase the risk of severe COVID-19. Krech said that people are beginning to understand that smoking during a health crisis is not a good idea.
“About 400 million people want to quit smoking because of COVID-19,” Krecht said. He also said that people know they can develop more serious Symptoms If they smoke. Although quitting smoking is not easy, but tools like nicotine The patch Are available to help.
However, the WHO warns against using smokeless tobacco, which it says every year is associated with about 200,000 deaths from heart disease. The United Nations health agency has said that e-cigarettes also raise blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease as well as COVID-19.
Krech said that the government can help people leave by supporting some simple measures. They can create smoke-free zones, ban tobacco advertising, and raise taxes on tobacco products.
I am Mario Ritter Jr.
Lisa Schlein tells this story for VOANEWS. Mario Ritter Jr. adapted it for VOA Learning English. Was a High Do Editor.
Words in this story
Habit -n. Something that a person does repeatedly or regularly
the strokes -n. A serious medical condition when a blood vessel breaks or becomes blocked in the brain
Symptoms -n. Change in body or mind that indicates a disease
The patch -n. A piece of material that is stuck to the body that holds the drug and spreads
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