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Sierra Leone News: Smoking claims six million lives each year -WHO Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death

The package reads, “Smoking is dangerous to your health” yet millions of people smoke. And, according to the Center for Disease Control, USA, more and more young people are taking up the bad habit.
“Smoking is the single preventable cause of death in the World, and kills about six million people each year, of more than five million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use,” according to WHO’s, African Region Office, Public Health Specialist, Dr. Mohamed Sidi, during a meeting held in Makeni, on Friday February 3rd 2017.
Health Education Manager, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Lansana Conteh described tobacco epidemic as devastating but preventable.
The CDC said, “Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.”
The WHO reports that tobacco is one of the greatest emerging health disasters in human history, and if urgent action is not taken by 2030, 70% of all deaths will occur, as a result of tobacco use.
Conteh said Sierra Leone has made much progress in terms of advocacy and awareness raising on the dangers of tobacco use.
The CDC adds, “Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.” For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in
By Ade Campbell
Twitter: @humbledez
Thursday February 09, 2017

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