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Cuba joins international call for World No Tobacco Day

Cuba joins international call for World No Tobacco Day

Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba on Tuesday joined the international call for the World No Tobacco Day to raise awareness about the harmful and lethal effects of consumption, Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal said.

On Twitter and Facebook, the minister noted that this annual campaign, carried out by the Pan-American and World Health Organizations, is an opportunity to draw attention on the exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, as well as to dissuade consumption in any of its forms.

World No Tobacco Day 2022 is about the theme: ‘Tobacco is killing us and our planet’, and this initiative aims to raise awareness among the general public about its environmental impact, Portal recalled.

International statistics show that tobacco kills 50 percent of smokers and there is no safe level of exposure to this habit.

Figures indicate that every year some eight million people die from smoking, seven million of whom are from direct consumption and more than 1.2 million from exposure to smoke.

Smoking, the World Health Organization (WHO) recalls, is the main cause of lung cancer, and also contributes to the appearance of tumors in other parts of the body: larynx, pharynx, mouth, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas.

World No Tobacco Day has been celebrated since 1987.


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