Friday, May 31, 2013

Smoking kills millions worldwide

Friday 31st May 2013

ABOUT six million people in the world die each year from tobacco related diseases.
These deaths are now shifted from developed to developing and low income countries including Papua New Guinea. About 50 percent die prematurely at the age of 30-69 for tobacco. These is the productive age range, which means there is a loss in productivity that can adversley affect socio-economic development and lead to poverty.
Health Secretary Pascoe Kase said unpublished surveys conducted in PNG showed 44 percent of adults smoke cigarettes. The male population has the highest rate at 60 percent.
The world youth tobacco survey in 2007 for ages 13-15 indicated that 47.7 percent of this age group used tobacco products, where 55.4 percent were boys and 40.3 percent girls.
Mr Kase said another study on smoking prevalance conducted in NCD and Manus provinces showed children started smoking at the tender age of eight years.
He said this was underaged smoking, and children beginning to smoke at these ages are likely to face one or more of the tobacco related health problems in the next 10 to 15 years if not stopped now.
The Secretary said that PNG youth and adults have the highest tobacco consumption rate in the Pacific.
Yesterday, schools in NCD, celebrated World No Tobacco Day, which falls today.
Ororo Primary School celebrated with students performing dramas and reading poems. Seven Cee (7C) student Kissie Kaika got the attention of all the students, teachers and parents when she read a poem “what’s the use of smoking? Smoke and you never stop. Smoke more and live less your life on earth”.
Most of the students expressed themselves in placards that smoking kills millions of people and as a young people with an unknown future, they will not smoke as smoking kills

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