Say NO to tobacco: Protect health, reduce poverty and promote development

Islamabad, May 31, 2017 (PPI-OT):More than 7 million deaths from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 8 million a year by 2030 without intensified action. Tobacco use is a threat to any person, regardless of gender, age, race, cultural or educational background. It brings suffering, disease, and death, impoverishing families and national economies, said Consultant Pulmonologist SIH Dr. Sohail Naseem.

Shifa international hospital Islamabad organized an awareness campaign among patients and general public to mark world No Tobacco day. The campaign was organized to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

In this regard information stalls were placed in Shifa Hospital, where all kind of information literature related to the Tobacco use and its effects was available including Broachers, Flyers, Pamphlets and Booklets. Large number of people from twin cities joined the campaign, and found the campaign material informative and helpful in avoiding tobacco use.

Dr. Sohail added that this year the theme of World No Tobacco Day is “Tobacco – a threat to development.” It will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens. It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

Dr. Sohail informed that In Pakistan smoking causes an estimated 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80 percent in women and it claims lives of 100,000 people every year. Tobacco smoke contains 4000 chemicals out of which 250 are known to be harmful for humans and 70 of them cause cancers. More than 60,0000 non smokers are dying each year from second hand smoke word wide and 1/3rd of them are children, he said. In closing remarks Dr. Sohail said that “The lesson of the day is that, Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of death in world today”.

For more information, contact:
Shifa International Hospitals Limited
Pitras Bukhari Road H-8/4,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8463666
Fax: +92-51-4863182
Email: info@shifa.com.pk
Website: www.shifa.com.pk

   

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