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ICICI Lombard Expert Blog

Indian Smokers at Greater Risk of Stroke

May 15 2012

Quite shocking and unfortunate that about half of India's smokers are totally unaware that smoking results in stroke. This has been proved by a latest report on smoking related stroke. As per the report, commissioned by the World Heart Federation and recorded by the International Tobacco Control Project (ITC Project) in association with the Tobacco Free Initiative at the World Health Organisation, it has been stated that 3 major gaps require being filled in public awareness related to the tobacco usage oriented cardiovascular risks and even second hand smoke.

This report was out in open at the World Heart Federation World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai recently. It revealed that around 70 per cent of Chinese smokers and 50 per cent of Indian smokers are ignorant of the fact that results in stroke. Unfortunately, second hand smoke risk awareness is at the lowest in India. Surprising but true that in Vietnam, about 90 per cent of smokers as well as non-smokers are totally unaware that second hand smoke results in serious heart disease.

Prof Geoffrey T Fong, the Chief Principal Investigator of the ITC Project has said in a recent interview that the report clearly demonstrates a straight and broad correlation between poor awareness of tobacco risks and use and extremely high levels of smoking prevalence. He added that in order to break this link and reduce the lethal toll of tobacco, more requires being done to enhance awareness of various hazards related to health.

He also stated that the research conducted has displayed straight risks of tobacco usage to lung health but it is crucial to obtain similar knowledge level as well as awareness that usage of tobacco can result in serious health problems such as heart diseases, stroke, and even peripheral vascular disease. He emphasized on awareness of serious risks associated to second hand smoke such as heart attack.

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