"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".
The regional Director observed that although concrete actions and measures exist to stem the tide of tobacco related diseases, more needs to be done to further raise awareness about the harmfuleffects of tobacco use.
The global health agency, in the report by health experts, said spreading the message that tobacco caused deadly illnesses such as heart disease and stroke helped prevent "needless" loss of life.
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.
An estimated four million Canadians still smoke and about 45,000 die each year from tobacco use.
Around 40,000 people die of smoking-related diseases in the country every year, and numerous diseases like cancers, cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are leading death causes in Vietnam, he noted.
"It is a significant health concern and I wish that people were more aware of the programs that we have in place to support people to quit smoking", exclaims Mosli.
"Tobacco breaks hearts. Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke contribute to about 12% of all heart disease deaths".
According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco accounts for about seven million deaths globally each year.
The American Lung Association and Pfizer developed Quitter's Circle*, an online community and mobile app to help guide smokers through the quit smoking process. In fact, they also integrate the availability of these new devices and products into their anti-smoking policies.
WHO estimates that the prevalence of smoking across the world has dropped from 27 per cent at the turn of the century to 20 per cent in 2016.
"Progress is uneven in protecting consumers from the tobacco industry, " Bettcher said. In 2000, the percentage of male smokersworldwide stood at 43% before falling to 34% in 2015, while over the same period the percentage of women smokers fell from 11% to 6%.Scroll over the chart for details.
Duque advised current smokers to quit smoking and seek help through phone-supported tobacco cessation called Quitline (165-364), which was launched previous year, providing real-time counseling and support. "Lung, stomach, bladder, pancreatic and oesophageal cancer are some of the other cancers associated with smokeless tobacco addiction", added Dr Nadig.
The data, which is a part of a global survey of 17,000 participants in 13 countries, suggested enormous challenges in creating a one-size fits all approach to smoking cessation across the globe.