More than 80 percent of the 1.3 billion tobacco product users worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries. About half of those who use tobacco products die earlier than expected due to tobacco-related diseases.
Of the more than 8 million people who lose their lives due to tobacco use each year, approximately 1.3 million are those who are exposed to tobacco smoke even though they do not use it.
About 700 million children are affected by tobacco smoke. Every year, 65,000 children die before the age of 5 due to respiratory tract infections caused by passive exposure.
Economic loss is estimated to be $1.4 trillion annually
The tobacco industry is trying to maintain tobacco addiction by providing variety with products such as electronic cigarettes, hookahs, fruit flavors, menthol balls, as well as tobacco products such as cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. WHO draws attention to the fact that all of these products threaten health.
Tobacco products harm the economy as well as health. WHO estimates that the economic loss due to tobacco product use is $1.4 trillion annually.
Cigarette butts, which also harm the environment, are the most common waste in the world. Chemicals and electronic cigarette wastes in butts leak into water and soil and harm nature.
The tobacco industry is blamed for about 600 million trees being cut down annually for the production of cigarettes.
Health data improve from first quit day
Getting rid of this addiction allows many health, social, economic and environmental benefits to be obtained.
WHO draws attention to the fact that the life expectancy of those who quit smoking in their 30s increases by about 10 years compared to those who continue to smoke.
From the first day of quitting smoking, high heart rate, blood pressure, carbon monoxide levels return to normal and the immune system gets stronger over time. In about 2-12 weeks, circulation improves and lung capacity increases.
“Live support is provided through the ALO 171 Smoking Cessation Hotline”
The Ministry of Health provides support to those who use tobacco products to get rid of this addiction through the ALO 171 Smoking Cessation Hotline and smoking cessation polyclinics.
ALO 171 Smoking Cessation Advice Line provides 24/7 uninterrupted and live support. Individuals who call the Advice Line are encouraged to attempt quitting with motivational interviews.
A smoking cessation plan is prepared according to the level of addiction for people who are tested for nicotine addiction to determine the level of nicotine addiction, they are guided in the smoking cessation process, and counseling is provided about behavioral changes to cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms.