Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released on Tuesday by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on September 29. This equates to one in five of all deaths from heart disease, Today News Africa quotes the report’s authors as warning, urging all tobacco users to quit and avoid a heart attack, and stressing that smokers are more likely to experience an acute cardiovascular event at a younger age than non-smokers. The brief says that just a few cigarettes a day, occasional smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of heart disease, but if tobacco users take immediate action and quit, then their risk of heart disease will decrease by 50% after one year of not smoking.