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Researchers urge governments worldwide to consider raising the legal age for purchasing cigarettes to 22 years or older as a study suggest that as individuals mature, the addictive grip of smoking weakens, making quitting a more achievable feat.
About 5.6 billion people or 71 per cent of the world population are protected by at least one best practice policy to combat the deadly effects of tobacco, noted a World Health Organisation report.
Tobacco use is linked to various health problems including cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disorders and reproductive issues. The harmful effects of tobacco are due to the many toxic chemicals it contains including tar, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde, among others. These chemicals can cause damage to the lungs, heart and other organs and can lead to the development of chronic diseases.
Industries producing just four harmful products – tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy food, and fossil fuels – account for at least a third of global deaths, illustrating the scale and huge economic cost of the problem, according to Lancet.
Children who are much exposed to television viewing are at a higher risk of tobacco use and gambling disorders in adulthood, said...
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