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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



Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM
13-52

Tobacco - Time Bobm in Disguise

FRANCIS AFARI YAW, ICM, NGO, YOUTH PROGRESS INTERNATIONAL, P.O.BOX NT 102 ACCRA NEW TOWN, ACCRA, Ghana

Objective: As part of the general aims of youth progress international, we set out to research into issues that affect the development of the youth of Africa especially,Ghana. Cigarette smoking is on the rise in developing nations including Africa and Ghana for that matter.Though in HIPC and can not afford expensive drugs to cure or even treat smoking related ailments, owing to the fact that more students are taking the habit.

Methods: Clayton Clay in a piece remarked that,tobacco was the only product when bused exactly the way the manufacturer intends it to be used,leads to damage to the human body. Martin Donohue in his piece, "Cigarettes-The weapon of mass destruction" likened cigarettes to "Dirty bombs" and the tobacco industry as an inside enemy that produces these "dirty bombs" that kills people daily. Research has shown that,the smoker takes in only 45% of what he pulls from the cigarette with the innocent person sitting by taking in 55%.These percentages taken in by both parties no matter how small or big it is leads to one or a multiple of the following,heart disease,lung disease etc.

Results: In course of our campaigns, most youth,have listened to us because of the involvement of playlets and musical shows that ensures that they are involved in the campaign proper. Follow ups have shown drastic habit change on the participants of the programmes with a few redundant ones. We still hoping to lift up our methods of education based on what would be learnt at this year's conference

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