- A recent study published in the ‘Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine’ has noted that lung cancers is being increasingly diagnosed in non-smokers. According to the study, around 6000 people, who never smoked, died of lung cancer in UK.
- The study has highlighted the major contributors to lung cancer among non-smokers. These include: a) second-hand smoking or passive smoking, b) occupational carcinogenic exposure, c) outdoor air pollution and e) indoor air pollution from cooking.
- Smoking and other forms of tobacco abuse has emerged as a serious concern, putting health at risk. The WHO notes that globally, around 6 million people die each year due to tobacco consumption.
- Smoking leads to cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and cancer. It also heightens the risk of getting communicable diseases such as tuberculosis.
- At the international level, the WHO has put in place WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), 2005. It provides a framework for supply and demand reduction measures for tobacco control at the national, regional and global level.
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