World No Tobacco Day

In 2014, over 5.6 trillion cigarettes were sold to more than a billion smokers, worldwide. World No Tobacco Day aims to inspire more people to quit smoking and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Every year, on the 31st of May, World No Tobacco Day is celebrated to inform the public on the dangers of tobacco use and how to protect the future generations from tobacco-related diseases.

In Malaysia, the Deputy Health Director-General revealed that 20,000 Malaysians die annually due to smoking and the highest number of smokers are men between the ages of 15 and 24. Here are some insights into tobacco use and its impact on your health.

The physical effects of smoking include bad breath, stained teeth, gum disease and damage to the sense of taste.

Smoking has been found to cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by smoking.

Worldwide, tobacco use causes almost 6 million deaths annually and by 2030, it is projected to cause more than 8 million deaths.

There are 4.7 million smokers in Malaysia. 38 percent are male and 1.4 percent are female.

Secondhand smoke exposure increases a person’s chances of getting lung cancer and is very damaging to the heart.

Smoke makes the blood stickier, raises LDL (low density lipoprotein, ‘bad’) cholesterol, and damages the lining of the blood vessels. All of these can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Smoking during pregnancy can cause premature delivery, low birth weight, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, limited mental ability, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

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