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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Doctors seek robust campaign against smoking

The World Association of Family Doctors (WONCA) in Lagos State on Sunday urged governments to adopt a comprehensive health education programmes that would enhance the campaign on the dangers of smoking. The Africa Regional President of WONCA, Dr Sylvester Osinowo, made the call at an event to commemorate the 2012 WONCA’s World Family Doctor Day. According to Osinowo, smoking causes the highest number of sickness and death of Nigerians.

He said the commemoration theme, “Healthy Living: The Role of the Family Doctor, Smoking Cessation among Doctors and in the Community,” was chosen to highlight the effects of smoking.

Osinowo said the effects of smoking included coronary heart diseases, cancer and reduction in fertility for women.

Smoking also “has negative social, economic and developmental effects on the lives of individuals, families and the community at large.”