Chronic respiratory diseases
Chronic respiratory diseases adversely impact the quality of life of affected individuals and can lead to premature death. They also have large adverse economic effects on families, communities and societies in general. WHO/Europe aims to support Member States in their efforts to reduce the toll of morbidity, disability and premature mortality related to chronic respiratory diseases.What are chronic respiratory diseases?
Top storyTobacco breaks hearts – choose health, not tobacco
Smokers are 2–4 times more likely than non-smokers to suffer coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular stroke, and even adults exposed to other people’s smoke have a 25–30% raised risk. On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2018, WHO is highlighting what can be done to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco and how much difference it makes immediately if smokers choose to quit tobacco.
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Key policyAction Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the WHO European Region 2016–2025
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Data and statistics
The percentage of chronic respiratory disease worldwide caused by smoking
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