Marking ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) is rolling out several campaigns via social networking sites to enhance public awareness about smoking risks, especially in the time of Covid-19, and warn against dangers for smokers and disease transmission.
It has also sounded caution about the illegal ways tobacco companies use to promote E-cigarettes as less harmful products.
Mohap has launched several anti-smoking projects including the establishment of a network of 16 smoking cessation clinics in the primary health care centers with plans to expand them, the mobile smoking cessation clinic, and other initiatives.
This year’s ‘World No Tobacco Day’ focuses on ‘Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use’. It aims to raise people’s awareness about the health risks of smoking and its economic development burdens on governments and societies, and the need to continue to implement effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), smokers are most likely to develop health complications if they were infected with Covid-19.