In a bid to promote heart health, the WHO wants every one of its 194 Member States to implement a series of increasingly strict tobacco control measures.
Tobacco breaks hearts. "Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke contribute to about 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths". The other area of awareness is the feasible actions that governments and the public can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco.
The Directorate of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation disclosed tobacco can harm the smoker as well as those around him/her referred to as passive or second hand smokers, adding that worldwide there around 890,000 deaths from secondhand smoke every year, as well as significant impacts on health. But evidence shows there is an alarming lack of knowledge and awareness that tobacco is a major risk for conditions like stroke and heart attack.
May 31st is celebrated widely as "World No Tobacco Day".
A tobacco-free society should remain a goal, Cunningham said, adding that federal and provincial cannabis legislation is modelled from lessons learned from tobacco.
"If we can have a health warning on each of those, it's going to inform consumers, it's going to create public discussion, it's going to make the product less appealing and it'll help fight contraband because it will have a unique marking on cigarettes legitimately sold in Canada".
While 92.4% of adults considered that smoking causes severe illnesses, 95.6% of adults believed the same for smokeless tobacco. "Let us choose health, not tobacco", he said.
Worldwide, smoking causes one in 10 deaths, half of them in just four countries - China, India, the USA and Russian Federation, according to the Lancet.
There are several factors that have led to the decrease in the number of cigarette smokers.
"Many persons think that if you practise healthy lifestyles such as high levels of physical activity and healthy diet and smoke tobacco products, you won't be at risk for heart attack and stroke - this is not so".
Many of us are now trying to quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes, but by using the devices we may be exposing ourselves to a new health risk.
In Indonesia, around 76 per cent of males aged above 15 years smoke cigarettes making it the country with most number of smokers, and around 315 million smokers reside within China.
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.
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. Prevalence of tobacco use is decreasing more slowly in LMICs than in high-income countries.
The center will also start technical support for Olympic tobacco control and strengthening the assessment of a tobacco-free environment.