According to the World Health Organization, 146 million Africans die each year from tobacco-related diseases.
During a virtual press conference on Thursday, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, stated this.
Tobacco, according to Moeti, is the world’s greatest cause of unnecessary deaths, with “smoking damaging practically every organ in the body.”
“Globally, secondhand smoke kills more than 1.2 million people per year,” the director added.
She went on to say that in Africa, the usage of tobacco products other than cigarettes, such as vaporizers, was on the rise.
Quitting cigarettes, according to Moeti, is the best strategy to lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other ailments, as well as to extend one’s life expectancy.
She added that “quitting tobacco is hard but today is a good day to start.”
“Make the decision to live a life controlled by you and not tobacco.”
“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.”
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