About 75 men killed every week in Ghana as a result of smoking tobacco

About 75 men killed every week in Ghana as a result of smoking tobacco

Available research shows that there is an ongoing public health threat as cigarette smoking kills about 75 of Ghanaian men a week.

This, YEN.com.gh understands, translates into 3,900 men who die from the harmful effects of cigarette smoking each year.

Even though fewer men smoke in Ghana than on average in high-income countries, there are still more than 425,000 men who smoke cigarette each day in Ghana.

According to Tobacco Atlas Ghana, 69,200 women smoke cigarette each day.In the same vein, 2,700 boys smoke cigarette each day.

Ghana, on Friday, May 31, 2019 joined the rest of the world to celebrate ‘No Tobacco Day’ to increase awareness on the dangers of tobacco smoke to lung health and the fundamental role lungs played in the health and well-being of individuals.

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The celebration was aimed at raising awareness on cost-effective and feasible actions that key audiences, including governments and the public, could take to reduce the risks to lung health posed by tobacco.

A statement signed by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, revealed that Ghana had made significant progress to reduce tobacco use by effectively enforcing the complementary smoke-free policies through the implementation of the Public Health Act 2012, (Act 851) and the Tobacco Control Regulations, 2016 (LI 2247).

It said Ghana had also recently introduced pictorial health warnings on tobacco product packages to effectively communicate the health hazards associated with tobacco use.

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“Unfortunately, people continue to die and become sick needlessly, and the costs to society from tobacco use continue to mount,” it said.

The statement explained that in view of this, the World Health Organisation had reported on the extent of exposure to tobacco smoke and its effects on the health of people’s lungs worldwide.

The effects, is said, included lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the exacerbation of tuberculosis and the predisposition of infants to lower respiratory tract infections by second-hand smoke.

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