EVENT REPORT WNTD 2016
Bahawalpur: 31st May, 2016: GOHER Foundation held a seminar to observe “World No Tobacco Day”. Youth, women, Civil Society, Media, Health Professionals & representatives of local NGOs attended the seminar.
The participants emphasized the need to devise innovative methods of mobilizing financial and human resources for tobacco control, establish efficient national coordinating mechanisms, integrate tobacco control into health and development programs and periodically evaluate these activities. The Government must also introduce policies to raise taxes, control smuggling, close advertising loopholes, and create adequate provisions for the enforcement of tobacco control laws. In addition to it, they said that since GOHER is working for the empowerment of most vulnerable groups including children, women & girls, it has special concern over the increasing trend of tobacco use in Pakistani women & planned to observe World No Tobacco Day to highlight the health hazards concerned with the tobacco use. A review & consultation session was also held to assess & analyze its ongoing advocacy campaign against the use of tobacco by GOHER in Southern Punjab to evolve future strategy.
Resident Director, GOHER Foundation Ms. Shazia Khan said tobacco have many negative health hazards; it is a risk factor for six out of eight of the leading causes of death in the world, such as cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, and various cancers. Oral cancer can be discouraged by reducing tobacco use as smoking and chewing tobacco and drinking alcoholic beverages. She informed that tobacco use could kill one billion people during this century. Recognizing the importance of reducing tobacco use among women, and acting upon that recognition, would save many lives, said Ms. Azhar.
Usama Laeeq Program Officer, while discussing on health hazards of smoking said each puff of smoke contains more than 500 gases and 3,500 chemicals that mask an underlying health problem such as a thyroid condition, asthma, bronchiodialiation, or even chronic organic depression. While discussing strategies to give up smoking, he said that one should not think he could quit smoking at once forever because it is the biggest psychological bite imaginable. Instead, work hard at adopting one hour without smoking, an evening without tobacco than a day challenge. The recovery layers include healing on physical, emotional, subconscious and conscious levels. Initially, the amount of nicotine remaining in the bloodstream is reduced by half every two hours. Within 72 hours, 100% of nicotine will have passed from the body but it can take up to three weeks to feel that brain function is back to normal. – Chemical dependency upon smoking nicotine is one of the most intense, repetitive and dependable relationships you have likely ever known. It infects almost every aspect of life but to quit smoking, one must be prepared to experience a normal sense of emotional loss during recovery.
At the end, Stage Secretary Ms. Mehwish Abbassi thanked CTC- Islamabad for its cooperation in conducting the event & pledged that GOHER will continue its fights against tobacco use by involving all stakeholders.
For further information & details, please contact Ms. Mehwish Abbassi, Program Coordinator, GOHER Foundation at Mehwish.Abassi@goher.org