Anti-smoking campaign launched in Dubai

DUBAI — The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), in association with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Nicotinell, launched an anti-smoking campaign yesterday. It will run till February 15.

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Published: Wed 14 Feb 2007, 9:37 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:31 AM

This comes as part of the MoH’s Government Social Responsibility (GSR) campaign, which will be extended to most government sectors across the UAE.

Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of DNRD said: “Every day we find lots of cigarettes butts discarded outside the building. Smokers know it’s bad for them but still carry on. We want to keep reminding them that they are throwing their health, money and time away.”

The campaign seeks to address the issues of smoking and passive smoking, which can cause cancer, and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Smoking leads to the maximum deaths worldwide. Half of the people smoking today –nearly 650 million people– will eventually be killed by tobacco.

Passive smoking is also a major contributor to mortality. Said Hadra Darwish, Director of Health Education, Central Department, MoH: “We have an ongoing cooperation with government departments and other organisations to raise awareness on issues of concern in the UAE, especially smoking.” The official added: “Smoking is a major killer. The MoH wants to encourage people to stop smoking and find ways to assist them in quitting this bad habit.”

Ibrahim Jaber, Head of the Quit Smoking Clinic, Sharjah Medical District, added, “Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every individual can enjoy a smoke-free atmosphere. We’ll be providing information booklets, tips and advice to help people stub out the habit.” He added: “We’ll also be offering visitors and employees free consultations featuring the Smokerlyzer test. The test is quick and non-invasive and provides readings of the levels of carbon monoxide in the body within seconds.”

Rany Victor, spokesman for Nicotinell by Novartis Consumer Health said, “the visual proof of the effects of cigarettes on health makes smokers more aware of the risks of coronary heart disease, arteriosclerosis and chronic respiratory disease. Seeing the results of the Smokerlyzer test should help and motivate them to give up smoking.”

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