Tobacco Consumption Effects: Facts about Smoking and Tobacco Use

Constitute of quitting smoking is a positive step towards better health for all, since smoking is directly associated with higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and cancer, but WHO reports said: “Few people to quit the habit of the first attempt to succeed. This means that tobacco users need support to help them kick the habit.”

Government showing a great interest in helping smokers who want to limit their consumption of tobacco, how can plan for the future and prepare the necessary resources to help determined to leave the smoking habit, without first reaching a real understanding of the scale of the challenge?

As part of its efforts to check the levels of tobacco consumption, and services to give up smoking and public perceptions surrounding tobacco, the Supreme Council of Health and the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics conduct of the first global survey of the prevalence of tobacco among adults in the state.

During the launch of the survey, based on the ways the survey to record a global methodology for data collection and it will follow a global protocol was reviewed and revised to fit with the society cultural.

Risks of Tobacco Use

The final report was published, which is also the first survey is conducted in the region, in November 2015. The pilot study has received international recognition as a tool for monitoring tobacco use among adults, allowing for the application of future planning and evaluation of tobacco control programs.

The focus of National Strategy for Health 2016-2018 in the fight against tobacco consumption by reducing consumption rates, and comes global survey of the prevalence of tobacco among adults in fulfillment of the commitment made by the state under the Framework Convention for the World Health Organization on Tobacco Control, which was signed by 178 countries and aims to provided data can be compared to an open and easily accessible. This means that the results achieved by the cessation of tobacco from the success or failure of programs, can be compared on a larger scale.

The results of the survey showed that 12.1% of adults population of smokers who consume tobacco with a daily or less frequent. But the proportion of 38.2% of them tried to quit smoking in the past 12 months, while 91.3 percent approved that smoking causes serious diseases. Clearly it reflected the strong desire to quit smoking among participants.

Targeting Smoking Shisha

Figures on smoking shisha does not reflect the same desire to reducing tobacco consumption, where less than 1.7% of adult smokers believes that the rate of tobacco consumption in this way detrimental to health.

While exceeds the number of cigarette smokers census water pipe smokers were to a large extent, where the tobacco consumers of proportion in this way only 3.4% of adults, they represent a private social activity among the male population, which forces itself special challenges to any initiative to quit smoking.

Women tend more to smoking shisha at home, with 62.8% of the proportion of posts in the survey reported that the last time where smoking shisha was at home. Even when taking a cultural priority, 60.1% of people reported that the last time where smoking shisha was at home.

The spread between water pipe smokers believe that tobacco consumption in this way is safer due to the passage of smoke through the water which is based on their belief disinfect. But studies show otherwise because polycyclic and harmful nicotine and tar and aromatic hydrocarbon molecules remain in the inhaled smoke. Like cigarette smoking, it has been linked to hookah smoking and lung disease and gum cancer and low weight newborns.

In comparison between them and the cigarette, research suggests that smoking shisha displays smokers and those around them to less toxic substances at a Puff. But this amount back to rise as a result of a smoking session, which usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes, and the depth of the soul that is being withdrawn and inhaled.

Moreover, studies suggest that one hookah session may raise the levels of nicotine and carbon monoxide in the blood to levels higher than the levels recorded after smoking one cigarette.

Given the importance of further research, working Dr. Ronald Crystal of Weill Cornell to conduct a study entitled “Shisha on the critical infrastructure of the connective tissue in the respiratory tract effect”. The belief is not limited to that shisha represent way less harmful tobacco consumption on smokers, as it was in June 11, 2013 published a study entitled: “Multi-country comparison of the rates of smoking shisha”. Representative data at the national level in the 13 countries with low income to the average of the survey Global prevalence of tobacco among adults. Although the data are not directly comparable for being one of the high-income countries, the results attracted the attention of health care experts who are planning to address this problem.

Among the 13 countries surveyed, shisha smoking among men in the peak rates of Vietnam (13.0%), followed by Egypt in second place (6.2%). It is disturbing that more than 90% of adult smokers in Ukraine believe that tobacco smoking causes serious diseases, but only 31.4 percent believe that smoking shisha tobacco use causes severe damage to health.

At the time of this writing, the 22 countries, global survey of the prevalence of tobacco among adults data has been published, while plans to several other countries publish their findings in the near future, which will allow a direct comparison with the high-income countries, and a more realistic assessment of the views about shisha.

Building smoke-free society

As expected, the detection of global survey of the prevalence of tobacco among adults, those attitudes towards the harmful effects of tobacco strongest among the adult population is non-smoking. According to the survey data, non-smokers think a rate of 96.7% those smoking causes serious diseases, while 90.9% of adults believe that hookah smoking is harmful to health.

Health risks also from passive smoking documented, recorded as the Tobacco Free Initiative launched by the WHO, more than 600 thousand deaths each year due to exposure to secondhand smoke. According to the World Health Organization, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Global survey of the prevalence of tobacco among adults; and the data show that smokers are aware of the risks of inhaling the smoke of others, expressed as 91.7% of adult smokers surveyed believed that it is dangerous pathogens.

At present, it is prohibited to control tobacco and its derivatives laws for smoking in enclosed public places such as buses and shops, and shopping malls.

Among the workers at home, 12% said they had been subjected to tobacco smoke in the workplace, while the hit rate of 16.8% to tobacco smoke at home. Under existing legislation, which is currently being reviewed, exposed smokers in enclosed public places in fine areas.

Youth urged to refrain from tobacco consumption

The initiative of fight against tobacco consumption among young people a central part of any campaign to combat smoking, where it is easier to prevent people from smoking compared to quit the habit characterized by addiction.

Global survey of the prevalence of tobacco among adults has revealed that 45.5% of smokers who currently range in age from 20-34 years old, they began smoking before the age of eighteen, and 8.6% of them began smoking before the age of fifteen percentages.

And it prohibits the current legislation (Law No. 20 of 2002) sale of tobacco products within 500 meters from schools and other educational and training institutions and distance, as it is illegal to sell tobacco products to those less than eighteen years of age.

The new legislation is supported by the Supreme Council of Health in the framework of National Strategy for Health 2011-2016, and imposed on tobacco manufacturers put warning labels on cigarette packs has entered into force in November 2012. The availability of posters fees warns of potential including cancer and respiratory problems and diseases of the dangers gums.

And it refers global survey of the prevalence of tobacco among adults that they may contribute to promoting the cessation of smoking, think about where the proportion of 51.4% of current smokers to quit smoking because of warning labels on cigarette packs. And contemplating a rate of only 23.8% of the existing water pipe smokers to quit it because of the warning labels on the hookah products, despite the fact that 45.9% of them had seen anti-smoking shisha in the local media campaigns.

It is expected the new rules should contribute to the promotion of non-tobacco consumption, especially with regard to exposing young people to tobacco products.

The desire to take off

Tobacco addiction is a serious problem in the State of Qatar, especially those more than (41.5%) two-fifths of surveyed smokers who smoke the first cigarette within half an hour of waking. This percentage is particularly high among the female population, where smoke 59.2% rate in the first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up, compared with 39.9% of men.

But women smokers consume fewer cigarettes per day than a number, an average rate of 10.9% compared to 17.6% among male smokers. And it consumes more than (55.4%) half a day cigarette smokers 16 or more cigarettes per day. Despite the high numbers that refer to the daily consumption of cigarettes and the number of cigarettes consumed, the global survey of the prevalence of tobacco among adults to desire for tobacco consumers in the state to quit smoking has revealed.

Overall, expressed 66.8% of current smokers desire to quit smoking. Catalysts include the promotion of awareness of the health risks associated with tobacco consumption.

Survey shows that two-thirds of smokers who reviewed the health care providers during the past 12 months had received tips to quit smoking. But many of those who tried to quit smoking; do so on their own without any support. Figures show that 21.9% of men and 19.6% of women have tried to quit smoking was their support of alternative treatments for nicotine, while 16.1% of men and 13.9% of the women tried to give up the habit with the support of counseling or advice.

Studies suggest that the provision of support and support during the quit smoking side pivotal in helping the many who want to quit tobacco use to overcome their addiction.

International Solidarity

The World Health Organization celebrates World Day to refrain from smoking on 31 May each year, where they are urged smokers to reduce their consumption rates of tobacco throughout the day. The Supreme Council of Health has launched a media campaign designed to shed light on the event within the community, and health benefits associated with quitting tobacco consumption, as Hamad Medical Corporation hosted a series of events and awareness activities aimed at workers in the public health care sector, and provided support for smoking cessation.

Support in quitting smoking

Clinics can to support smoking cessation to provide assistance for those wishing to quit this harmful habit. Besides willpower, it can cessation clinics that allow individuals to understand the techniques necessary to overcome this habit, as it can provide psychological counseling, nicotine replacement therapy and other medications. And operates many of the health care providers from the private sector.

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