Dubai Customs celebrates World No Tobacco Day
Dubai Customs organised a health awareness event in collaboration with Al Baraha Hospital in Dubai on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day – which is observed on 31 May each year - and as part of its social responsibility campaign.
Feryal Tawakul, executive director of community affairs and government partnership division at Dubai Customs, said: “According to data released by World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco use leads to the death of more than five million people every year, a figure exceeding the total deaths resulting from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
“If such harm continues to grow, tobacco use will lead to the death of more than eight million people per year by 2030. Further, individuals and countries, by reason of tobacco use, sustain considerable health cost due to the need for treating tobacco-related diseases together with the decline in smokers’ productivity as compared to others by reason of the increasingly chances for catching diseases.”
The event, which took place at the Dubai Customs main building, included a short drama play, presented by a group of school students, illustrating disadvantages of smoking in addition to an awareness lecture on Harms of Smoking to Man`s Health delivered by Ilham Saleh, the health educator at Al Baraha Hospital and another lecture on Nicotine Harms given by Dr. Ethar Saleem Hassan, the person in charge of protective medicine at the hospital.
Afterwards, a free medical examination for employees to measure the level of carbon monoxide rate in their bodies was conducted.
“No Tobacco Day has become a part of Dubai Customs community agenda based on its keenness on protecting customs’ employees, clients and their family members. This Day represents an ideal opportunity for disseminating awareness among people and assisting them with desisting from smoking; together with warning them of its risks as well as combating illegitimate trade in tobacco products,” Tawakul added.