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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
Building capacity for a tobacco-free world
July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Objective: The intervention is attempted to bring about significant reduction in cancer rate through deduction in tobacco consumption.In the year 2000,cancer were responsible for about 6 million deaths worldwide.From various reports, it is stated that tobacco consumption remains the major preventable cause of cancer in the world .For instance it was reported that the lung cancer risk for regular smokers as compared to non-smokers [relative risk,RR] is between 20 and 30 fold,while the RR for other forms of cancer range from 2-6 except for breast,prostate or endometrial cancer of the uterus where there is currently no evidence that smoking is the cause.
Methods: The intervention is focused upon a number of strategies,requiring the cordinated involvement of governments; community health organisations;healthcare professionals and individuals.Theses includes restricting or banning tobacco related advertisements and promotions;enlightening the public on the risk factor and the relative risk associated with tobacco consumption in order to prevent young people from smoking and taking responsibilities by assisting patients efforts to quit smoking.
It is evident that a great reduction in the cancer rate in the world could arise from significant reduction in tobacco consumption.So with all hands on deck,effective tobacco control efforts will go along way in combating the deadly cancer scourge.