MEXICO – Mexico reports 46,400 deaths from smoking every year, according to Horacio Rubio, who heads the General Directorate of Medical Services at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
The expert noted that 130 Mexicans die every day as a result of smoking, thus the need to raise people’s awareness about the damage caused by that unhealthy habit.
He called to take measures so that smokers can know that their addiction can cut 12-15 years of life and is considered a serious health problem, above all among adolescents, young adults and children.
Among the smoking-related diseases, Rubio mentioned acute myocardial infarction, cerebral-vascular and chronic respiratory problems, as well as lung, colon, liver and cervix cancer.
In order to provide treatment against those diseases, the Mexican government spends more than US$3.4 billion a year, he assured.
The expert added that one of the actions to reduce smoking addiction is the withdrawal of tobacco advertisements from the media.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking-related diseases kill one person every six seconds in the world, accounting for nearly six million people every year, although it estimated that the number of deaths will increase to more than eight million by 2030. – BERNAMA