PR – Amidst the deadly Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, Grenadian health officials responding to the current threat of the virus are taking time off to highlight the glaring dangers associated with tobacco use.
The focus of local health experts this “World No Tobacco Day”, is to #EXPOSE the very prominent, clear and present danger of tobacco use especially during these challenging times as some persons may see it as a means of coping with (COVID19).
However, experts warn that the use of this cancer causing product often results in premature deaths and that it has the potential to give a false sense of security especially now.
“No doubt some may see it as a means of “relaxation and easing their minds” during this current phase of the coronavirus pandemic and that has no such effect” explained Grenada’s Tobacco Focal-point Mrs Lydia Phillip-Jones.
Phillip-Jones, a qualified nurse by training who once led the Health Promotion Department at the Ministry of Health, told the (GIS) that now more than ever, she is aware of the excessive use of tobacco and alcohol by many people looking for coping strategies.
According to very recent studies, smokers have a higher risk for a severe case of coronavirus.
Using the opportunity to debunk the common myths, Philip-Jones says despite the COVID19 guideline such as social distance, no-cost activities like physical activities, gardening, rock fishing and visiting the beach, can be prove to be better and healthier coping mechanisms rather than the use and over reliance on tobacco and alcohol.
“So it’s especially important for everyone who smokes, and especially young people to take note of the fact that tobacco use increases their risk of exposure to COVID19 as they may be less likely to use a face mask and once infected, decreases their chances of surviving as they are more likely to encounter greater breathing difficulties”, she explained.
This year’s global campaign will debunk myths and expose devious tactics employed by these industries. It will provide young people with the knowledge required to easily detect industry manipulation and equip them with the tools to rebuff such tactics, thereby empowering young people to stand up against them.
World No Tobacco Day is celebrated every year on May 31.