Expedite action on tobacco bill – Health Educator

Mr William Sopiimeh, Regional Health Educator, at the regional hospital in Sunyani, has called on government to expedite action on the passage of the tobacco bill.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani, on Wednesday, he noted with regret, the alarming rate at which people, including school children had resorted to smoking.

Mr Sopiimeh said children “have the tendency to experiment whatever they see and some end up copying a smoking parent”, describing the situation as very worrying.

He said another cause of children smoking was as a result of adults sending children to buy tobacco for them and advised addicts to seek assistance from clinical psychologists.

“Passive smokers are at greater risk as they inhale more of the smoke than the smokers themselves”, the health educator said and admonished parents to be responsible to their children.

He mentioned some of the dangers of smoking as cancers, destruction of the lungs and death.

Source: GNA

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