Prof. Dr. Joseph Mucumbitsi, specialist in Cardiovascular Diseases calls on young people to avoid ruining their lives with smoking tobacco as it causes numerous diseases.
He furtherly advises smokers that quitting smoking is feasible and whoever does so re-refreshes their body resistance to any smoking related negative effects.
Dr. Mucumbitsi says that tobacco is composed of nicotine which is always hooking the smoker to keep up, which exposes that person to different diseases including heart attack, respiratory diseases, and allied cancers.
Smoking affects not only direct tobacco users but also non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke, according to Mucumbitsi’s reminder.
“Inhaling the same smoke from the cigarette smoker kills hundreds of people worldwide each year.” He says.
“Stopping smoking is feasible though it is so hard in the first steps which result in lack of sleep but finally it will work.” Mucumbitsi adds.
Statistically, 23m $ are invested in by tobacco producers in attracting clients mostly young people who are targeted on a long-term basis.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco kills up to half of its users, killing more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Over 80% of the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries.
In Rwanda, recent stats (2014-15) state that 2% of women and 12% of men use tobacco, according to National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR)