The global tobacco epidemic kills almost 6 million people every year, of whom more than 600,000 are non-smokers who die from breathing second-hand smoke.
Close to World No Smoking Day, which is celebrated every May 31st, the Chief of the National Program for the Prevention and Control of Smoking in Cuba, Dr. Elba Lorenzo, told Enfoque that the activities carried out are an opportunity to raise awareness about the harmful and lethal effects of tobacco consumption and exposure to second-hand smoke, as well as to dissuade consumption in any form.
He stressed that World No Smoking Day 2019 will focus on “tobacco and lung health” and will contribute to raising awareness of the negative lung health consequences of people who smoke, and the fundamental role that the lungs play for the well-being of all.
Tobacco and lung health
Tobacco consumption endangers the lung health of all people because it is the main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said Dr. Elba Lorenzo, head of the National Program for the Prevention and Control of Smoking in Cuba.
Despite strong evidence of tobacco damage, responsible for more than two-thirds of lung cancer deaths worldwide, the expert said the potential of tobacco control to improve lung health remains underestimated.
She added that this is why with the celebration of World No Smoking Day on May 31, they intend to encourage the community to mobilize in activities and initiatives to promote their own health and protect themselves from the damage caused by tobacco.
(Taken from ACN in Spanish)