The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World No Tobacco Day on Monday with the theme “Stop smoking, be one of the winners” and encourage smokers to give up this bad habit in order to protect their health, their lives and their future lives. Generations.
LCigarette addiction is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, including nearly 6 million deaths each year, including 600,000 non-smokers.
At this time of the health crisis, the fight against tobacco addiction is of great interest because scientific studies show that smokers are more likely to contract the severe form of COVID-19 than non-smokers.
Smoking is also a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes.
People with these diseases are also at risk of developing a severe form of Govt-19 if they become infected.
“Smokers have a 50% higher risk of dying from developing a severe form of COVID-19; therefore, the best thing smokers can do to reduce the risk of this corona virus is cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tetros Adanom Caprese.
“We call on all nations to do their part to join the World Health Organization’s campaign and to create a tobacco – free environment, providing people with the information, support and tools they need to avoid smoking, and better” this World Day.
Last December, the WHO launched an international campaign to help 100 million people quit smoking ahead of this day’s celebration.
Worldwide, more than 70% of smokers, or 1.3 billion people, do not have access to the tools needed to successfully quit smoking, according to the organization.
Access to smoking cessation services increased this gap last year as health workers mobilized to combat the epidemic.
The campaign aims to create healthy environments for smoking cessation by supporting strong smoking cessation policies, improving access to smoking cessation services, raising awareness of tobacco industry tactics, and promoting successful smoking among tobacco users.
In Morocco, smoking is a public health problem, according to the Ministry of Health, with smoking reaching 13.4% of adults in the Kingdom, of which 26.9% are men and 0.4% are women.
On the other hand, smoking among students aged 13 to 15 is 6%, while 35.6% of the population is exposed to passive smoking in public and professional places.
About 39% of men and 9% of women in the world use tobacco, and we see the highest smoking rate in Europe today (26%).
The WHO calls on all governments to ensure that their citizens have access to support services, mobile and digital parking services, nicotine substitutes, and other proven tools to help people quit smoking.
The WHO states that non-smoking policies can protect non-smokers, including hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents who die each year from secondhand smoke.
The overall economic cost of smoking (including medical expenses and loss of productivity due to death and disability) is estimated at more than $ 1.4 trillion per year, or 1.8% of GDP per year (GDP).