The World Heart Federation has chosen the 29th of September every year, a day where people from all over the world participate to work against the spread of heart and blood vessels diseases. With deaths from heart disease reaching 17 million deaths annually, it is expected by 2030 with tobacco use to reach 8 million deaths annually. Since smoking, high blood pressure, high blood lipids, diabetes and obesity, are the most important causes of cardiovascular diseases. The World Heart Federation has launched a roadmap for cardiovascular disease for tobacco control at the World Conference on Tobacco in March 2015, in collaboration with a group of leading organizations in the field of cardiovascular diseases and public health. The map is based on to the World Health Organization framework agreement on tobacco control, under the agreement, most countries in the world are legally obliged to enact and enforce a package of policies that protect people from death and disease caused by tobacco use. These policies include increasing taxes on tobacco, banning smoking in public places and tobacco advertising, and warning the public about the dangers of tobacco, and giving support for quitting smoking. UAE is the first Middle Eastern country in the incidence of coronary artery disease by 23 percent, and the incidence of high blood pressure up to 21 percent of the total population of the State, which called for the convening of the first Conference of Non-Communicable Diseases in Dubai in November 2014, which recommended adherence to the health legislation aimed at reducing the risk factors for non-communicable diseases like the Tobacco Control Act, as well as new legislation to reduce obesity and lack of physical activity and promote all programs, preventive activities, health education and health promotion of healthy lifestyles among all segments of society, particularly among schoolchildren. It also recommended the need for activating the national strategy for the reduction of Chronic non-communicable diseases as a priority to be implemented at the level of the UAE State through activation of the studies and programs approved by the Cabinet and supporting the strategies to reduce it. The Conference also stressed the importance of strengthening international and regional cooperation in support of combating non-communicable diseases, and their follow-up in cooperation with the World Health Organization, which include diabetes, cancer, heart, kidney and respiratory diseases, through support in the implementation of preventive programs and training and the application of relevant research and development of health programs and awareness and to give advice and recommendations to address them, to ensure the achievement of the global goals for reducing non-communicable diseases by 2025. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research encourages researchers and students to focus on studies and research in the areas of those diseases, and providing prizes and research grants to motivate them, and his Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan in December 2015 honored the winners of those awards for 2014, including for example a paper titled "Development of a vital Bank for stimulated and induced stem cells to study cardiovascular disease." In addition to the ongoing awareness campaigns that the Ministry participates in, in fulfillment of its social responsibility, such as the stop smoking campaign, and campaigns that encourage physical activity and eating healthy food.
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