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One death every 50 minutes from smoking-related diseases

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 23-11-2017 14:56:00 · 2 Comments

One person died every 50 minutes in Portugal last year from smoking-related diseases, according to a report from the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Smoking.

Of the 11,843 deaths caused by tobacco in 2016 (10.6 percent of total deaths in the country), 9,263 were men (16.4 percent of the total who died) and 2,581 were women (4.7 percent), according to the report.
In the 50-59 male age group, tobacco was responsible for about one in four deaths whilst for women the highest mortality rate was between the ages of 45 and 49 (14.5 percent of all deaths).
In the same year, tobacco was responsible for 46.4 percent of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 19.5 percent of cancer deaths, 12 percent of deaths from lower respiratory tract infections, 5.7 percent of deaths from cerebrovascular disease and 2.4 percent of deaths from diabetes, the report said.
A Eurobarometer study, cited in the report, showed that in 2017 about one-third of smokers attempted to quit smoking at some point (35.7 percent), 6.3 percent in the last 12 months and 30.1 percent more than a year ago.
Last year, there was also an “increase in use of stop smoking consultations,”, with some 31,800 consultations given to support patients to quit smoking at national health service (SNS) hospital units (an increase of 3.5 percent compared to 2015).

Comments

How about banning smoking at sporting events. Disgusting that non-smokers have to endure hours of passive smoking when attending a football match. They show no regard for the lungs of others especially children and set a terrible example for them. Portuguese Football Federation should act on this or at minimum create non-smoking zones for those that care about their health.
by Mark from Algarve on 26-11-2017 12:53:00
As a non-smoker its disgusting to endure so much passive smoke at open air shopping centres here in the Algarve. As for allowing smoking at sporting events, attended by children, it's filthy, why the Portuguese Football Federation doesn't stand up and ban it is disgraceful. I've rarely left a match without a headache because of the amount of passive smoke in the air. They should create areas for smokers if they don't have the courage to ban it totally.
by Mark from Algarve on 24-11-2017 11:54:00

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Edition 1453
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