The World Health Organisation has revealed that no fewer than 146 million Africans die annually from tobacco-related diseases. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said this on Thursday during a virtual press conference.Moetisaidtobacco was the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world, emphasized that “smoking damages nearly every organ in the body, and globally, exposure to secondhand smoke kills more than 1.2 million people yearly.”She explained that the use of tobacco products other than cigarettes, such as vaporizers, was on the increase in Africa.
Moeti said that quitting tobacco was the way to reduce the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke and other diseases, noting that it would also increase one’s life expectancy.
She added that “quitting tobacco is hard but today is a good day to start.
“It may seem impossible, or like smoking isn’t a big deal. But what you don’t do today may end up causing future health problems or, worse, premature death,” Moeti said.
She said that one in five adolescents in Africa now used tobacco, saying “this must change. Quit smoking and be a part of the solution.”
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.
3rd Party Cookies
This website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information such as the number of visitors to the site, and the most popular pages.
Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!