On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, corresponding to May 31, the Ministry of Health is launching, until June 30, 2021, a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and the benefits of smoking cessation, in particular during the period. Covid-19 pandemic.
This campaign, initiated as part of the theme “Commit to quitting smoking during Covid-19”, is in total synergy with the large global campaign launched by the WHO on December 8, 2020, indicates a press release from the ministry, who underlines that on occasion, it turns all its health care and administrative structures into smoke-free spaces, with a view to strengthening the fight against this scourge.
“Stopping smoking is very beneficial for health even after the appearance of pathologies linked to it. This benefit is all the greater the earlier the cessation is ”, it is also noted.
Indeed, smoking is a real public health problem as a leading cause of death and preventable disease.
According to the press release, the prevalence of smoking in Morocco is 13.4% among adults over the age of 18, including 26.9% of men and 0.4% of women, according to the results of the national survey on risk factors. Commonly Related to Noncommunicable Diseases (2018).
The prevalence of smoking among students aged 13 to 15 is 6% (2016 statistics), while around 35.6% of the population is exposed to passive smoking in public and professional places.
Globally, tobacco consumption kills approximately 8 million people per year, of which approximately 1.2 million are individuals exposed to passive smoking.