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Smoking, A Major Health Hazard

Health News of Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Source: Ransford K. Agyemang, Classic Fm, Techiman

According to World Health Organization (WHO) every 6.5 seconds people dies from the use of tobacco.
Research has also established that people who starts smoking from their teens (as more than 70% ) and
continue from two or more decades more will die 20 -25 years earlier than those who never light up. It is
not just lung cancer or heart disease that causes serious health problems and deaths.
To protect the nation’s human resources from dwindling the Ghana health service in collaboration with its
working partners are all doing what they could to inculcate into the youth group that constitute greater
percentage of the populace to shun it entirely. It had not been easy following the reluctant attitude of the
targeted public. When will the youth consider smoking as a dangerous phenomenon and abandoned it. It
has been generally accepted that with proliferation of western culture smoking is gradually becoming a
new form of fashion in most communities in Ghana.
One will be in a state of melancholy to see young boys/girls between the ages of 12 and 15 sandwiching
themselves with all kinds of hard drugs with the common one being cigarette. Strangely enough young
guys who don’t know how to smoke are mostly mocked by their peers. This according to experts has
forced many young ones into smoking after thinking that without it they would not be welcomed in their
respective societies.
Even though the Ghana health service and other health related NGOs are working around the clock to
make smoking distasteful to children under school going but nothing good has come out of it.
One major worry is that very soon most teenagers will be drop out of school because they are made to
perceive by their peers that cigarette and Indian hemp are very good stuffs that one could rely on. If this
negative thinking continues like that these young ones will be educationally handicapped and if care is not
taking could turn lunatic. Incidentally the adult groups who suppose to advise the young ones to stop it
are deeply involved.
Another major area of concern is Secondhand Smoke (SS) which is a mixture of the smoke given off by
the burning end of a cigarette or pipe, and the smoke exhaled by smokers. S.S is also called
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS). Again exposure to secondhand smoke is sometimes called

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tusker and London brown are the common brads of cigarette found in most retail outlets and whole sale shops in Techiman . bond .php?ID=123410 . The alarming trend of smoking activities has found its way in the Techiman municipality. The rest are discoloured fingers uterine cancer and miscarriage. To confirm the local facts gathered I wish to charge the doubting Thomas to try and visit the back of Techiman community center at the end of any entertainment package and also again spot de Ash night club. Morris . the revelation will not be different at They should not be moved if they come across hundreds of cigarette pieces. Based on the feet dragging attitude of the targeted group and strange diseases also continue to cripple those in the act. This came to light following an intensive survey conducted by the writer of this piece. embassy. It would interest many to note that now children in the commercial capital no more smoke at secret places as they use to do in the past. king size . osteoporosis . wrinkling. Kumasi. http://www. Here in Techiman it has become a great fashion among children between i2-15 years. One could agree with me without skeptics that hair loss. deformed sperm. hearing loss. The situation is so alarming that it has even affected delivery of services. heart disease. One would be right to state emphatically that they have a bleak future if they continue like that. It was found out that Rothmans . The question at stake is. With the advent of booming commercial activities going on steadily in Ghana one cannot state emphatically that well known commercial centers in the country are safe from the smoking spree. gold seal . With each pack containing 20 sticks one could imagine the future of the young boys and girls mostly students in first cycle institutions how their future would look like.ghanaweb. cataract. tooth decay emphysema. Authorities in Accra. skin cancer . burger’s disease and cancer.000 sticks of cigarette a week. diplomat . With this both sexes are all victims. Aside that they could visit any entertainment place of their choice at the weekends. what measures have authorities put in place to reverse the trend before it gets out of hand completely? Statically the research proved that the targeted group of smokers in Techiman consumed up to 50. psoriasis. stating that their peak days are Fridays. and stomach ulcer are the common smoking ailments. and other big cities are not comfortable at all with the rate at which the youth are chasing cigarette. According to those age between 18 years and above who interacted with this roving reporter under the basis of anonymity they used to light three sticks of cigarette a day. 555.globally have not changed their smoking habit? Here in Ghana there has not been any serious change in the smoking habit.