Hospital to campaign against smoking

ABU DHABI - Ahalia Hospital in Abu Dhabi has announced that it will conduct a public awareness programme on the evils of smoking, on 'No Tobacco Day', May 31st at 8.30pm at the hospital's conference hall.

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Published: Thu 29 May 2003, 1:03 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:09 PM

According to hospital sources, 12 children from various schools will present the topic, Tobacco, a slow poison - Protect your children, which will then be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Rajeev Gupta, a cardiologist of the hospital.

Dr Gupta noted that the programme is being held to enlighten the public, particularly adolescents and women on smoking hazards.

He informed that Ahalia Hospital has organised a morning walk on May 30th at 6.30am for an hour at the Corniche from the Abu Dhabi Sheraton Hotel to Hilton Abu Dhabi and back.

'No Tobacco Day' is celebrated around the world on May 31st every year since 1987, and it is a strong call by the WHO to counter the devastating effects of nicotine on the human mind and body.

The 2003 slogan of WHO is Tobacco-free film, Tobacco-free fashion - Action!, which voices the WHO's disapproval for tobacco firms that target vulnerable groups like adolescents, youth and women through advertisements and promotional tactics.

Dr Gupta stressed that drug therapy for the cessation of smoking has generally failed, although a recent drug, Buproprion (Zyban) had claimed a 30 per cent success rate. This drug however, is not available in the UAE and in most parts of the world.

He averred that the only practical way to quit smoking was a strong determination and practising yoga or meditation to enhance bodyÐmind co-ordination. However, he emphasised that good results could be achieved through regular medical consultation and therapy.

Dr Mathew Oommen, a practising physician at the hospital, commented that nicotine addiction was far more detrimental than alcohol addiction, with smokers suffering from more heart attacks, strokes, gangrene affecting legs, and chronic lung diseases.

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