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Luxembourg sees 1000 tobacco-related deaths per year

Luxembourg sees 1000 tobacco-related deaths per year”

In Luxembourg, around 1,000 people die annually of tobacco-related diseases.

"We should be especially cognisant of the fact that tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many respiratory infections and increases the severity of respiratory diseases", Dr Faheem Butt said.

Professor Pankaj Chaturvedi, deputy director and surgical oncologist from Tata Memorial Hospital, said, "As per the World Health Organization, tobacco addiction is a disease". This an important issue and a challenge to tobacco policymakers in every country.

"You find "advisers" going into schools to educate young children on using e-cigarettes; you find giving out free cigarettes in developing countries". Ninety percent of all smokers start before 18, and that's deliberate: it's not a mistake.

"They're doing it to find replacement users: eight million premature deaths each year", he said.

According to the World Health Organisation's 2015 data, 17 per cent of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 smoke worldwide.

90% of lung cancer cases can be traced back to the consumption of tobacco.

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Moreover, WHO has also warned that tobacco smokers (cigarettes, waterpipes, bidis, cigars, heated tobacco products) may be more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, as the act of smoking involves contact of fingers with the lips, which increases the possibility of transmission of viruses from hand to mouth.

There are signs that thousands of Australians used the coronavirus shutdown to give up smoking.

Coronavirus is an infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs.

The industry has offered doorstep delivery during quarantine and, in some countries, lobbied for tobacco products to be listed as "essential", the World Health Organization claimed.

"As a result, young people trying them for the first time can more easily inhale without the harsh taste, and this can lead to quicker addiction and a considerably shorter and unhealthy lifetime of smoking", Mr Cook said on Sunday. The focus of the 2020 event is: "Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use".

Blanco Marquizo said that adolescents could be empowered to protect themselves "when they understand the intentions of an industry that really wants them hooked in an addictive behaviour just in order to keep their profits".

"With strict implementation of strong tobacco control measures hindering the tobacco business in some parts of the world, it is not surprising to note that Africa, with such a growing and very youthful population, and with a relatively low implementation rate of tobacco control measures, is potentially a fruitful market for the tobacco industry", Mr Sessou said. "It's more cool to be smart, and alive when everybody else is dead", he said.

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