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WHO: Tobacco consumption caused an increase in the premature death

WHO: Tobacco consumption caused an increase in the premature death

DILI, august 04, 2021 (TATOLI) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tobacco consumption often increased risk of premature death.

“The concern about tobacco consumption at the national level is serious. Smoking can affect the essential organs of the human being, causing many diseases and not contributing to a long and healthy life. Tobacco consumption can cause the premature death of people”, the WHO representative in Timor-Leste, Arvind Mathur said when delivering his remarks at the National Seminar on Increasing Tobacco tax for a healthy Timor-Leste.

Mathur recalled that tobacco smoke people can suffer from various types of diseases, including covid-19.

“Consuming tobacco does not guarantee that the person has a happy life, but it does negatively influence the country’s development and is one of the main causes of family and national poverty. Tobacco consumers spend a lot of money and do not invest in the education of their children and the health of their families”, he said.

The National Alliance for Tobacco Control of Timor-Leste (ANCT-TL), in turn, suggested to the Government to increase the taxes on tobacco will contributing to reducing the number of Tobacco consumption in Timor-Leste.

“The Government must increase taxes on tobacco to reduce the number of smokers”, the ANCT-TL official told Tatoli, at the national seminar, in Fatuhada.

According to the data record from the WHO, 60.7% of Timorese consume cigarettes, of the number 9.4% are women.

According to the organization, this percentage has increased by 40% in the last 10 years and the Current data shows that tobacco is regularly consumed by more than 4,000 children aged 10 to 14, and 17,900 refers to adults Timor-Leste.

 

Journalist: Jesuína Xavier

Editor: Zezito Silva

Translator: José Belarmino De Sa

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