Abu Dhabi, UAE – 30 May 2013: The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and its Health Facilities celebrating the 'World No Tobacco Day' (WNTD), which is observed every year on May 31. This year, the WNTD will be held under the slogan 'Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship.'
SEHA's Health Facilities – including Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), Mafraq Hospital, Al Rahba Hospital, Al Ain Hospital, Tawam Hospital, Corniche Hospital, Al Gharbia hospitals, and the Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS) – will organise many activities related to the event, ranging from awareness and educational film screenings, to medical examinations and educational lectures about smoking and the harm it causes in public areas like malls as well as in the facilities itself.
SEHA and its health facilities will also organise activities in shopping malls across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region in order to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking According to World Health Organization tobacco causes around 6 million deaths a year.
During the events and activities, SEHA will highlight the dangers of smoking, the harm it causes, and the health risks associated with tobacco use, as well as advocating the development of effective policies to reduce its consumption.
On the WNTD date, SEHA will open an anti-smoking clinic in Al-Jaheli Health Centre in Al Ain, which has been assigned the responsibility of playing a major role in assisting people with quitting smoking.
SEHA also launched the 'Stop Smoking' campaign on Twitter @SEHAHealth, with the intention of raising health awareness among the public, educating them about the harms caused by smoking, and urging them to follow some strategies that encourage them to quit smoking.
Smoking is hugely harmful to human health. It causes 63% of non-communicable diseases and 63% of deaths. The number of people who die due to smoking is about 6 million annually, including 600 thousand people who die due to indirect smoking.
The number of deaths due to smoking surpasses the total deaths from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. If this scourge continues upward, smoking will lead to the death of about 8 million people annually by 2030.
SEHA called for the need for co-operation between all segments of society to reduce this dangerous habit, and enactment of laws and regulations that criminalise the bodies that promote and advertise tobacco.
SEHA calls upon all media outlets to do their part by refraining from publishing any advertisements that promote smoking, in any way, as well as educating members of the community about the dangers of smoking and its harm by airing films that show the disadvantages of smoking and the damage it causes people, the economy, and society as a whole.