Anti-smoking lectures for inmates held

DUBAI — The Ministry of Health in Dubai, in collaboration with Novartis Consumer Health, organised an anti-smoking awareness programme yesterday for inmates of correctional institutions in Dubai. The programme included lectures on the negative effects of smoking on health and various other socio-economic aspects of life.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 12 Jul 2007, 9:11 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:07 AM

They encouraged inmates at the Punitive and Correctional Institutes of the General Department of Dubai Police to live a healthier lifestyle and start afresh.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Director-General of the Punitive and Correctional Institutes of Dubai Police, the anti-smoking awareness programme was inaugurated by Dr. Tareq Ahmad Al Hashemi, Director-General of Education and Training of Inmates.

“We regularly organise similar events in coordination with the Health Education Department in the Ministry of Health and we hold intensive rehabilitation programmes across the prisons and correctional facilities. We are committed to the successful re-entry of inmates into society through various educational, sporting and health activities in both facilities,” stated Al Hashemi.

Novartis presented an informative session on how to use Nicotinell patches and measured carbon monoxide levels in the lungs of the smokers by Smokerlyzer - a quick, non-invasive test that is performed by simply blowing into a disposable mouthpiece that gives colour indicators as to the level of carbon monoxide gas in the body.

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