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World No Tobacco Day: 1.1b people smoke globally, says WHO

Douglas Bettcher

There are around 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, the same number as at the turn of the century, according to latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO’s “Global Report on Trends in Prevalence of Tobacco Smoking 2000-2025”, which coincided with World No Tobacco Day 2018, observed every May 31, warned that smoking is a habit that destroyed the ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Uganda to destroy container of shisha pots

Shisha

As the world prepares to commemorate World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, May 31, 2018, Uganda will destroy a 40-feet container full of shisha pots and related apparatus that were confiscated from bars and restaurants across the country. Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, said Uganda is striving to fight against the use of the substance which is a source ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Countries urged to raise taxes on tobacco products

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

As the “World No Tobacco Day 2018″ is commemorated globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on countries to raise taxes on tobacco products to make them less affordable. The WHO, in a message on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to commemorate the day celebrated annually on May 31, also urged countries to enforce comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion, ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco and heart disease

tobacco smoking

The World No Tobacco Day 2018 focuses on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. Tobacco use, according to the UN, is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases, doctors say, kill more people than any other cause of death, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure ...

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WHO deploys 39 personnel to control cholera outbreak in Adamawa

Bindo Umaru Jibrilla

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has deployed 39 staff to contain the outbreak of cholera in Mubi North and Mubi South South Local Government Areas of Adamawa State. A statement from Chima Onuekwe, the Health Emergencies Communication Officer of WHO, made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, said there  were plans to ...

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: Nigerians told to do away with myths, taboos on menstruation

Menstrual Hygiene

Stakeholders have advised Nigerians to do away with myths and practices associated with menstruation to enable women and girls manage their monthly cycles safely.   They gave the advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, May 28 in commemoration of the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day. Dr Priscilla Achakpa, National Coordinator, Women Environmental Programme ...

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Rainy season: FCTA intensifies surveillance to tackle outbreak of diseases

Gwagwalada

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has intensified surveillance to tackle outbreak of diseases, which usually occur during the rainy season. Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu, the Director of Public Health in the Health and Human Services Secretariat, FCTA, made this disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Saturday, May 27, 2018. Okoroukwu said his department had embarked ...

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ERA wants varsity to refuse foundation tobacco research funds

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has written to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) asking it to have nothing to do with the Foundation for A Smoke-Free World created by multi-national tobacco company, Philip Morris International (PMI), which is currently actively seeking partners around the world. ERA/FoEN, in the letter dated May 15, 2018 and signed ...

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E-cigarettes: Tobacco harm reduction for Africa

Tobacco Harm Reduction

Worldwide, cigarette smoking results in 7.2 million deaths every year, with about half a million of those deaths occurring in Africa .To curb this menace and bring an end to unnecessary deaths, there is urgent need to quickly adopt and promote reduced-risk alternatives aimed at accelerating the transition out of harmful tar-based cigarettes. We should (including tobacco companies) embrace technology ...

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Two Congo Ebola patients attended church with 50 people before dying – MSF

Oly Ilunga

Two Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola patients who fled hospital in the city of Mbandaka on Monday attended a prayer meeting with 50 people hours before they died, Jean-Clement Cabrol, an emergency medical coordinator at Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), said on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Health officials are scrambling to contain an outbreak of the deadly disease in ...

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