COVID-19 though deadly; helped to minimise consumption level of Tobacco- Medical statistics reveal

Member of Parliament for the Effiduase-Asokore Constituency, Hon. Dr. Nana Ayew Afiriyie, has indicated the pivot role Corona virus has played in the fight against excessive intake of tobacco in the world.

Outlining some of the harmful effects of excessive intake of tobacco, He said though the Novel Corona virus also known as COVID-19, came to wreck nations, it has somehow aided in minimising the annual rate of tobacco consumption.

He shared this observation on the floor of Parliament in a statement to mark this year’s World No Tobacco Day, as Parliament joined the rest of the world to celebrate it.

Contributing to the statement, the Honourable Member for Klottey Korle Constituency, Hon. Dr. Zenator Agyemang-Rawlings, also emphasized the need for us to exercise some caution around tobacco users.

She said partial or non-smokers are more at risk than the actual smokers, hence must not be taken lightly.

According to the Lawmaker, out of the estimated 8 million people who die from Tobacco use every year, 7 million of those death are results of direct Tobacco use whilst 1.2 million people are non-smokers or partial smokers who have been exposed to the act.

Hon. Zenator, indicated that the World No Tobacco Day celebration which was under the theme “Commit to Quit”, was to increase apprehension on the risks of tobacco smoke to lung health and the fundamental role lungs played in the health and well-being of a person.

On his part, the Member for the Juaboso Constituency, Hon. Kwabena Mintah Akando, also highlighted some of the risk involving women who also indulge in smoking.

He stated that women who smoke cigarettes risk having children, reiterating that it’s not only their lungs that get damaged, but smoking can also destroy the womb or weaken it, resulting to miscarriages anytime they conceive.

Hon. Akando who’s also a Ranking Member on the Health Committee, said whether it is cigarette or shisha, smokers still run the risk of getting cancer of the lung.

He said most of the addictive smokers usually think smoking shisha is more safer and less harmful than smoking cigarette, but little do they know shisha is even more dangerous to the lungs than that of cigarettes.

Source: Editor/



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