• Incidence of impotence is approximately 85 percent higher in male smokers compared to non-smokers. Smoking causes impotence because it promotes arterial narrowing
  • Quitting significantly reduces your risk of developing coronary heart disease, lung cancer and other cancers
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) caused by smoking, is a permanent, incurable reduction of lung capacity characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing and persistent cough with sputum
  • Tobacco kills 50 per cent of lifetime smokers and half of these deaths occur among people in their middle age (35-69years)
  • Several ingredients of tobacco lead to the narrowing of blood vessels, increasing the likelihood of a blockage, and thus a heart attack or stroke
  • Creating 100% smoke-free environments is the only way to protect people from the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke.

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New Report links Ghanaian poverty index to tobacco use

GHANA - A new report published by Oxford Journals has reiterate the need for Ghanaian government to accelerate work in implementing the provisions of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to save the country of impending tobacco related disease and social economic woes amongst its low-income earners.

The report, “Socioeconomic Implications of Tobacco use in Ghana” highlights the conclusions, that tobacco use was significantly higher among those living in poverty stricken regions, those with less education, lower levels of wealth, parents, and alcohol users. It also indicates that the worldwide proliferation of health consequences of tobacco use may be penetrating into populations, which possess low capacity to protect themselves against diseases related to tobacco use.

This report has continued to generate concern among stakeholders in the control of tobacco use in Africa. According to the report, tobacco use is inextricably related to poverty in Ghana, and policies should be formulated to target populations and regions with higher tobacco prevalence to combat both poverty and tobacco use simultaneously.

Akinbode Oluwafemi, Director at Africa Tobacco Control Regional Initiative, expressed concern that "although Ghana has demonstrated leadership in the region when the country ratified the FCTC in 2005, progress has slowed down in tobacco control since that time. Right now, measures are needed in enacting tobacco tax increases, graphic health warnings and smoke-free laws, and I must say that the Public Health Bill, which is currently before the parliament is a good opportunity for Ghana to make progress in this direction.”

Reacting to the report, Rachel Kitonyo, Coordinator of the Africa Tobacco Control Consortium noted that the results from the survey, which indicated that people with children were more likely to use tobacco products was an alarming trend and policy makers needed to take action quickly to protect vulnerable youths from exposure to second hand smoke.

According to her, "though low smoking prevalence indicated by the results may sound like good news to policy makers, Ghana has a unique opportunity to prevent the double disease burden of infectious and chronic diseases confronting many developing countries. Ghana should act in the interest of her citizens by quickly passing the Ghana Tobacco Control Bill.

"This report must spur a renewed commitment by all levels of government to engage and fast-track the domestication of the FCTC with implementation of proven strategies to combat tobacco use in Ghana" says Tih Armstrong, Africa Coordinator of Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

According to the WHO, tobacco use, either in smoked or smokeless form, in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been rising over recent decades and is expected to climb to around 80% of global tobacco use by 2025.

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Smoking is even more dangerous when combined with excessive alcohol use.

Heavy drinkers who smoke are much more likely to develop oral cancers, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis and other serious medical conditions.


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