Think of the person next to you and quit smoking now – Aaron Motsoaledi

2014-05-30 17:51

Health Minister Aaron Motsaoledi has urged smokers to consider the person next to them before puffing on a cigarette tomorrow.

His appeal comes a day before the world commemorates World No Tobacco Day.

Exposure to secondary smoke is a big problem in SA. The latest research from the Human Sciences Research Council shows that about 30% of adults who are non-smokers are exposed to secondary smoke.

Results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey released last August revealed that those adults had traces of cotinine (a breakdown product of nicotine) in their blood.

Worried about this high percentage, researchers suggested that government needed to consider a 100% ban on smoking in public places. The national health department is currently working on new regulations that will tighten the noose on smoking in public.

While those regulations are still in the works, Motsoaledi warned against smoking and encouraged people to quit.

“The damage caused by smoking is devastating. I urge people to quit smoking right away.

“Smoking causes deaths from lung cancer and heart diseases, and these are diseases of lifestyle that can be prevented,” Motsoaledi added.

SA will be commemorating World No Tobacco Day under the theme, Quit Tobacco Use and Save Your Life.

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