The South-West Regional Health Authority stands in solidarity with the rest of the globe in recognizing Tuesday 31st May as World No Tobacco Day 2016. This year’s theme, Get Ready for Plain Packaging, refers to the campaign to implement measures that limit or prohibit the use of logos, colours, branding and promotional materials which reduce the glamour and attractiveness of tobacco products. This initiative of plain, standardized packaging aims to raise awareness on the negative consequences of tobacco consumption.
Tobacco consumption and exposure to second-hand smoke can increase the probability for developing non-communicable diseases such as cancers, lung disease and heart disease. As a result, today we applaud everyone who has successfully ended their consumption of tobacco products, and the dedicated members of staff within the SWRHA who care for patients whose health have been harmed by tobacco influences. We encourage all to seek healthcare services at your nearest health centre to discover the numerous effective ways to break the habit of tobacco use. Living tobacco-free lives can increase life expectancy and improve the health and well-being of all persons in our society.