Dominica observes World No Tobacco Day

first_img Share Photo credit: onenewspage.comThe Ministry of Health is observing today, Thursday May 31, 2012 as World No Tobacco Day. The observance will highlight two weeks of activities which run from Monday May 28 to June 08, 2012, under the theme, “Smoking: Harmful in any form “focusing on tobacco and marijuana use.World No Tobacco Day is an initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization to reduce tobacco use across the globe in an effort to improve public health for all.It is a day for people, non-governmental organizations and governments to organize various activities to make people more aware of the health problems that tobacco use can cause.This year, the Ministry is targeting the Secondary School Population from first form to third form. The objective is to create awareness among school children on the effects of smoking in an effort to reduce the incidences of smoking among the school children.In a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health during 2000, 2004 and 2009 on Youth and Smoking in Dominica, the survey revealed that in 2000 about 28% of the country’s young people were exposed to tobacco smoking. While in 2004, 26% were exposed and 25% for 2009.Data from the 2009 Global Youth Survey conducted among school age students in Dominica indicates an increase in the usage of both marijuana and tobacco. Tobacco use increased from 19.3% in 2000 to 25.3% in 2009. Use of marijuana increased from 18.2% in 2002 to 29.5% in 2006. Tobacco use is among the leading preventable causes of death. Each year, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people, including more than 600,000 who die from exposure to second-hand smoke. In CARICOM about 30% of male and 15% female deaths are due to smoking.Smoking accounts for about 20% of cardiovascular deaths.Smoking also contributes to Heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (emphysema, asthma, etc.) low birth rate in new-borns and IDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).People who live with smokers are more likely to develop lung cancer themselves, even though they do not smoke.Marijuana use causes a number of social and health problems, such as mental illness, lungs inflammation, family problems and poor school performance.The costs of tobacco and Marijuana use are measured in its enormous toll of disease, suffering and family distress. Economies also suffer from increased health-care costs and decreased productivity. Press Release Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica observes World No Tobacco Day by: – May 31, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share 18 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img

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