Enforcing The Ban On Smoking At Public Places

CANADA MARIJUANAGhana, last Friday, joined the world to celebrate ‘World No Tobacco Day’ albeit on a low key.

The day, which was held under the theme “Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship,” was observed in all United Nations (UN) member states to raise awareness on the health risks associated with tobacco use and the need for effective policies to reduce its consumption.

It is also to draw attention to the dangerous health effects posed by cigarette smoke to both users and non-smokers alike.
The health risks posed by cigarette smoking have long been known. Indeed, knowledge of the health effects led to the worldwide campaign to adopt measures meant to protect both smokers and passive-smokers.

They included a total ban on smoking in public places, advertising and sponsorship, with many airlines having non-smoking flights as part of the anti-tobacco campaign.

Despite such measures, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 3.5 million people die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, with the number estimated to increase to 10 million in 30 years.

Medical experts estimate that there are over 50,000 chemicals in tobacco which are harmful to the human body, and can cause cancer, cancer of the stomach, heart diseases, miscarriage and tooth decay.

As a matter of fact, all body parts are affected by side effect of smoking which may even lead to death; hence abstinence is the only means of protection from cancer and the other opportunistic diseases arising out of it.
It is in this context that we fully support the call by Parliament for the implementation of the law banning tobacco smoking in public places.

For the Times, the call is legitimate since the Tobacco Control Bill has not been fully implemented, with smoking taking place in public places in sheer abandon, and having a devastating toll on the populace.

In this regard, we call on the government and the agencies concerned to ensure the law is implemented fully and strictly.
The incontrovertible hazards of smoking and its attendant deaths must be the reason for all stakeholders, particularly the law enforcement agencies, to seek strict implementation of the law banning smoking in public places.

We join Parliament to also call on civil society, health practitioners and institutions to intensify their anti-tobacco education for the public, especially the youth, as part of the fight against the menace, in order to keep the society healthy and smoke free.

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