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Primary Health Care Corporation Celebrates "No Tobacco Day"

30 May 2021

No tobacco day

Call primary health care corporation at 107 to book appointment for smoking cessation clinic 

One cigarette a day, is associated with increased health risks and the leading preventable cause of death when stop smoking.

In one study of active smokers, over 60% did not believe that they were at an increased risk for a myocardial infarction.

Cigarette smoking is a major cause of diseases and deaths. Most smoking-related mortality is due to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD), lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In addition, exposure to secondhand smoke increases a person's risk of disease and death. Smoking is also associated with many other non-fatal diseases and problems, including osteoporosis, skin wrinkling, peptic ulcer disease, impotence, and pregnancy complications. Even smoking a small amount, such as one cigarette a day, is associated with increased health risks and the leading preventable cause of death when stop smoking.

Worldwide, 34% of men and 7% of women smoke tobacco. Cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use, but 19 percent of tobacco users consume a combination of tobacco products. The most frequent combination is cigarettes and electronic cigarettes In addition to cigarettes, tobacco is also smoked in cigars, pipes, and hookahs/water pipes. Tobacco is also used in non-combustible forms. One of these includes smokeless tobacco (SLT), which generally comes as chewing tobacco or snuff/snus pouches. Other non-combustible tobacco products include heat not burn (HNB) tobacco products and e-cigarettes, devices that heat a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that resembles but is not smoke because no combustion has occurred.

Benefits of quitting smoking

Quitting smoking has significant and immediate health benefits for men and women of all ages. The sooner quit smoking, the greater the benefits. People who quit smoking before the age of 50 reduce their risk of dying in the next 15 years by half, compared to those who continue to smoke.
A. Reducing the risk of diseases for smokers.

Cardiovascular disease — Cigarette smoking doubles a person's risk of developing coronary heart disease, a condition that can lead to a heart attack. Quitting smoking can rapidly reduce this risk. One year after stopping smoking, the risk of dying from coronary heart disease is reduced by about one-half and continues to decline over time. Smoking also increases the risk of stroke and peripheral artery disease (a condition in which the blood vessels that carry blood to the legs are blocked or narrowed, causing leg pain). These risks also decrease after a person quits smoking.

Lung disease — Smoking increases the risk of long-term lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. While much of the lung damage caused by smoking is not reversible, stopping smoking can reduce further damage to the lungs, and many smokers with a chronic cough and sputum (phlegm coughed up from the lungs) notice an improvement in these symptoms during the first year after they stop smoking.

Smoking is also associated with an increased risk of asthma, and asthma is more difficult to treat in people who smoke.

Cancer — Cigarette smoking is responsible for almost 90% of cases of lung cancer. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of lung cancer within five years of stopping, although former smokers still have a higher risk of lung cancer than people who have never smoked.

Osteoporosis — Smoking increases bone loss and increases the risk of hip fracture in women. Stopping smoking begins to reverse this risk after about 10 years. Increased bone loss has also been noted in men who smoke, although it is not clear how much a man's risk of fracture is increased by smoking.

Reducing family and friends' risk of disease
Quitting smoking will also benefit family and other people who spend time with smoker, since exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke is associated with several serious health conditions.

Adults patients with environmental tobacco smoke exposure (ie, secondhand smoke) had a 20 percent greater rate of atherosclerosis progression compared with patients without secondhand smoke exposure. Also have an increased risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease, and stroke.

  • Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased risk of:
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Asthma and other breathing problems
  • Ear infections and hearing loss
  • Developing cardiovascular disease or cancer later in life
  • Women who smoke during pregnancy have an increased risk of complications including preterm labor, miscarriage, and stillbirth. Their babies are also more likely to be underweight at birth.
  • Also the smoking cessation helps the smokers to improve the lifestyle and ability to exercise for long time , diet improvement and eliminate in sleep disturb.

Smoking cessation clinics at Primary Health Care Corporation, in which an appointment can be made, regardless of the location of the health file:

  • Al-Gharafa Health Center
  • Mesaimeer Health Center
  • Omar Bin Al Khattab Health Center
  • Al-Daayen Health Center
  • Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Health Center
  • Rawdat Al Khail Health Center
  • Al Ruwais Health Center
  • Leabaib Health Center
  • Al Wakra Health Center
  • Qatar University Health Center
  • Al Waab Health Center

As the service in the clinic based on two parts:

  • Behavioral by help smoker to stay away from the habit of smoking specially the beginning of treatment and take care of healthy lifestyle and exercise.
  • 2nd part is medication to help smoker to remove the nicotine dependency.