• News
  • Health Care

Tobacco use a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases in Jamaica

Tobacco use a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases in Jamaica

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".

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure are major causes of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and stroke, contributing to approximately 3 million deaths per year.

"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".

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Thursday, the United Nations health agency hailed that smoking had declined significantly since year 2000, but warned that there were still far too many people indulging in the risky habit.

Government data shows that 26pc of people in the country smoke cigarettes.

The 2018 World Tobacco Day Theme is "Tobacco and heart disease".

Women who smoke are more likely to give birth prematurely, putting their babies at risk for developing a disease called Retinopathy of prematurity which is one of the causes of vision loss in babies if not treated.

A new World Health Organization report reveals that tobacco wastes contains 7,000 toxic chemicals that poison the environment, including human carcinogens; tobacco smoke emissions contribute thousands of tons of human carcinogens, toxicants and greenhouse gasses to the environment.

Idris noted that coronary heart disease (CHD) had been recorded as a leading killer since 2007 in public hospitals. "Let us choose health, not tobacco", she added.

Smokeless tobacco: around 6.5% of the global population aged 15 and over use smokeless tobacco (8.4% of males and 4.6% of females).

"Nicotine, a chemical that is found naturally in tobacco, is as addictive as heroin or cocaine and is attributed to stimulating the body to produce adrenaline, causing faster heart rate". But despite its life-threatening and life-causing effect, tobacco use remains one of the severe risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (such as heart disease, heart failure, chest pains/angina and stroke) in Jamaica.

"Exposure to passive smoking for children and adolescents is extremely risky, causing serious respiratory problems such as asthma and increasing their risk of coronary heart disease", he said.

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.

Chennai: "Smoking Kills" is the message that is known to all smokers and non-smokers.

He further said that the government also compromised on tobacco tax this year as well by accommodating the tobacco industry by continuation of the third tier which allows most selling brands with least tax.

According to the WHO Global Report on Tobacco Prevalence Trends 2000-2025, this is more common in low- and middle-income countries, the specialist said. According to him the 2010-2015 anti-smoking project eyed a decrease of 1.2-2 percent in number of smokers across the country every year.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment

Latest News

Breaking News


President Trump: June 12 Summit with North Korea is back on

At the same games, the International Olympic Committee paid for 22 North Korean athletes to travel to the event. That was the last time the two sides, which are technically at war, attempted to arrange a leadership summit.

IISc in top 100 world university list again

CWUR uses seven objective indicators to rank the world's universities without relying on surveys and university data submissions. Mr Baty said: "The UK has some of the most prestigious universities in the world, admired across the continents".

Eric Hargan: HHS did not lose undocumented children

The HHS asserted that its primary legal authority is to temporarily house and then release unaccompanied children to a sponsor. The photo captions reference children who crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.

California, Ohio senators unveil wager for National Basketball Association finals

The Warriors are at their best when they go with none of the above, using Draymond Green as the centre in a small-ball line-up. They were within one win of making it to the Finals but suffered a Game 7 loss to the Warriors on their home floor.

Italy's 5-Star considers election alliance with League

His comments sparked outrage in Italy, with Salvini blasting them as "racist" in his victory speech Thursday in northern Lombardy. After the ceremony, it will face confidence votes in both chambers of parliament, where the M5S and the League have a majority.

Sixers, Brown agree to 3-year extension | Sportsxchange

Before joining the Sixers, Brown spent over a decade on the bench alongside Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs. But as the Sixers stockpiled young talent - and that talent got healthy - Brown had a capable squad on the court.

Hit sitcom 'Roseanne' axed over racist tweet row

That wasn't the first time Barr had made controversial comments, and because of that, the " Roseanne " reboot was always at risk. The disgraced television star returned to retweet her supporters after an hours-long hiatus where she tweeted, "I apologize ".

Klopp targets Barcelona keeper Jasper Cillessen

The Holland global , previously on the radar of Manchester United , has struggled for game time with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen their established No 1.

IOS 12 could turn your iPhone into your doorkey

And according to another person familiar with Apple's plans for the Apple Watch, there will be two new models unveiled at WWDC. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning refreshes for the MacBook and MacBook Pro, the iPad Pro, and the Apple Watch .

I felt like superhero - Serena Williams

This time there was a little rust to shake off - she only gave birth in September - and she didn't quite move as when at her best. The Romanian broke the 72nd-ranked American in the first game and jumped to a 5-1 lead. "It was hard for me", she told Harper's.