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WHO and WhatsApp campaign to quit smoking

This WHO campaign to quit smoking will be focused especially on countries that maintain a high number of smokers such as Mexico, China, Brazil or Germany and the United States

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Geneva.- The World Health Organization (who) today started a Bell that will last a year in which it will challenge 100 million people around the world to try give up smoking with the help from WhatsApp and other digital tools.

The Bell, especially focused on countries that maintain a high number of smokers (USA, Mexico, China, Brazil or Germany, among others) will promote the creation in social networks of communities of people who are quitting the tobacco habit, so that they support each other in this challenge and share information.

It also seeks to increase access to help for give up smoking and « raise awareness about the tactics used by tobacco companies, » said the who it’s a statement.

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In the Bell participate together with WhatsApp other multinationals such as Google, Amazon, Facebook or Johnson & Johnson, among others.

Around 780 million people in the world say they want give up smoking, but only 30 percent of them have access to the tools that can help them to achieve this, highlights the who, who waits through this Bell increase the availability of these tools.

The pandemic of COVID-19, a disease that can be more serious for smokers with chronic respiratory ailments, has increased according to the who the number of people interested in quitting this habit.

« Smoking kills eight million people a year, but if smokers they still need more reasons to quit this habit, the pandemic has been a real incentive, « he said at the launch of the Bell the general director of the who. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The who urges all governments to do what is necessary to ensure that all their citizens have access to brief counseling services, toll-free hotlines on the subject, digital and mobile phone services, nicotine replacement treatments and other proven means effectiveness in helping people give up smoking. A strong suite of smoking cessation services brings better health, saves lives, and saves money.

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Reasons to quit smoking:

– Smoking kills 8 million people a year.

Tobacco use is a relationship killer

– Bad breath

– Thumbs down

– Wrinkled skin

– Yellow teeth

– Dry Skin

– Reduce your fertility

– Decreases sperm count

– Cause erectile dysfunction persistent

Tobacco breaks hearts

– Tobacco causes more than 20 types of cancer

– Tobacco damages almost every organ in the body.

After quitting for:

– 20 minutes: lower the heart rate

– 12 hours: the carbon monoxide level drops to normal

– 2-12 weeks: improves circulation and increases lung function

And the longer you stay away from tobacco, the healthier you’ll be.

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