More than 47% of Algerians risk developing deadly diseases because of their smoking. These alarming figures were announced by Professor Djamel-Eddine Nibouche, head of the cardiology department at Nafissa Hamoud Hospital in Algiers.
Smoking would put almost half of the Algerian population at risk of death. These alarming figures were announced by Professor Djamel-Eddine Nibouche, head of the cardiology department of the hospital Nafissa Hamoud in Algiers, Monday morning during the show the Guest of the editorial of the Channel 3 Radio Algerian.
According to Professor Nibouche, " smoking is the cause of 15.000 deaths per year in Algeria, 45 deaths per day".
According to his statistics, 47% of the population, including 20% of young people, have a daily use of tobacco. In adults, he says, almost half are smokers. If this trend continues, in the next 20 years, half of the Algerian population is at risk of developing serious and even fatal diseases.
The phenomenon of smoking affects more and more students, laments the guest of the editorial staff of the 3 chain which quotes surveys carried out at the high school level. " I recently attended a survey conducted in Ain Defla. On 16 high schools, it was found that 70% of boys smoke. There is also a FOREM survey showing that 8% of girls smoke tobacco daily", Added Professor Nibouche.
Several legal and regulatory texts have been promulgated by the public authorities to fight against smoking, recalls Professor Nibouche, who quotes among others the executive decree of 2001 setting public places where the use of tobacco is strictly prohibited as well as the signature in June 2003 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which entered into force in 2005. But, " the law is not often applied in the field", He regrets.
Calling smoking in Algeria a social scourge, the radio channel 3's guest calls for a common struggle and prevention campaigns, based on the empowerment of each individual. " We can not ensure the health of a population without the personal involvement of everyone"He concluded.
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