Heart protection is theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day

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NONTHABURI, May 18 (TNA) -- The Public Health Ministry and partners campaign for heart protection for the first time in connection with the World No Tobacco Day this year as nearly 50% of young and middle-aged people die of smoking-related cardiovascular disease.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said 10.7 million Thai people aged 15 years and over were smokers last year, forming 19.1% of the total population.

Although the number of overall smokers was slowly declining, the amount of new smokers aged 15-24 was increasing. Therefore, concerned parties had to build public awareness on heart-related dangers to smokers, the minister said.

Campaigns to mark the World No Tobacco Day on May 31 would be conducted to tell Thai people that smoking posed risks of strokes and heart attacks and that about 60,000 Thai people died of smoking-related diseases yearly, Dr Piyasakol said.

A year of quitting smoking halved risks of heart attacks, he said. (TNA)