Three million people die prematurely each year due to tobacco use that causes cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke, the world's leading killers, it said, marking World No Tobacco Day. And it is the people of these countries that are the targets of intensive tobacco industry marketing.
He also urged everybody to 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.
Tobacco use is a major cause of non-communicable disease, not only in Myanmar but also worldwide.
Non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30%.
This year the campaign will be titled "Tobacco Breaks Hearts" and is primarily centered around how smoking tobacco causes various heart and cardiovascular diseases, according to the World Heart Foundation.
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".
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There are 1.1 billion adult smokers in the world today, and at least 367 million smokeless tobacco users. In the Region of the Americas about 10% or 4.6 million children aged 13-15, smoke cigarettes (2.4 million boys and 2.2 million girls). "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". Significant progress in controlling tobacco use by both men and women was reported in the Americas, led by countries like Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay and Colombia, but to a lesser extent in the United States, WHO said.
And it cautioned that research showed there was "a serious lack of knowledge" about the different health risks associated with tobacco. The report shows that smokers are sacrificing their physical and economic well-being to smoke, even though many of them have the desire to quit.
Although there is no single intervention that can reduce the risks to heart health by tobacco use, Jamaica continues to implement measures in keeping with best practice and treaty obligations: protection from tobacco smoke with the promulgation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013 and its 2014 amendments.
Francois Bourdillon is the director of the public health agency.
It comes amidst concern about the growing number of deaths linked to tobacco use around the world.
The scale of tobacco-related devastation of human health is shocking, but as Ghebreyesus said these deaths are preventable.
Country response: Over half of all WHO Member States have reduced demand for tobacco, and nearly one in four are likely to meet the 30% reduction target by 2025.