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Launching the WHO's global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco smoking, he said that industrialised countries are making faster progress than developing countries.

"In addition, every person can play a role in promoting healthy hearts by committing not to use tobacco, helping others to quit, and protecting all people, including family members, workers and children, from tobacco smoke". Most of the cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancer types, including some 80-85% of lung cancer are caused by long-term smoking.

Yet in many countries, there is low awareness that smoking significantly increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, World Health Organization said.

"Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 20-30 per cent".

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.

While 92.4% of adults considered that smoking causes severe illnesses, 95.6% of adults believed the same for smokeless tobacco.

Most people know that using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people aren't aware that tobacco also causes heart disease and stroke - the world's leading killers.

"It is shocking that with just a puff of cigarette, a smoker breathes more than 4,000 chemicals including arsenic which is used in rat poison and formaldehyde used to embark dead bodies". "Cigarette smoking is not only the primary, the inhaled part of it but also what's exhaled in the air and the environment and what precipitates and attaches to people's clothes and furniture".

The WHO clinched a landmark treaty in 2005, now ratified by 180 countries, that calls for a ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship, and taxes to discourage use.

As the country joined the global community to mark the 2018 world no tobacco day, we focus on enforcement of the National tobacco control act 2015. However, the 2017 statistics show that the number of smokers has not dropped, moreover, the cigarette use has increased among both men and women.

Questioned about how to reconcile a robust tobacco initiative with the introduction of legal recreational cannabis by late summer, Petitpas Taylor said marijuana rules are necessary given Canada has the highest number of cannabis users among youth in developed countries. "Let us choose health, not tobacco", he said.

Every year, on May 31, the WHO and partners commemorate the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use and advocating effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Francois Bourdillon is the director of the public health agency. "The health effects from tobacco are far greater than cannabis".

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.