• 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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Advocacy Group in Malawi puts pressure on the government of Malawi to sign the WHO FCTC

During the just concluded 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), the Director General of the WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan urged the Civil Society to take up their role seriously, challenge government actions, and ensure that they shape public opinion in supporting tough tobacco control legislation.

Accordingly, an advocacy group in Malawi, Smoke Free Malawi , has taken on its government and challenged it to fulfill the commitment it made in 2010 to sign the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ( FCTC). The advocacy group has clearly outlined the health hazards related to tobacco and stressed that tobacco has remained a crop that enslaves Malawians and holds back the country at ransom. Accordingly, the advocacy group is calling for a move to alternative enterprises for tobacco farmers like agro-processing and alternative crops like soya beans and ground nuts.

Malawi is one of the three African countries that are yet to sign the FCTC. The other two are Zimbabwe and Eritrea.
Two other African countries, Mozambique and Ethiopia have signed the FCTC but are yet to ratify it.
This brings the total of African countries that have not yet ratified the FCTC to five.

Source : MalawiVoice 

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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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