SCAN Bulletin #128                                                                         February 16, 2023
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Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Dr Ram Raju is pushing for Fiji to be declared smoke free.

While praising the efforts of the Fiji Cancer Society for its continued awareness on the life-threatening illness, Dr Raju says the only way to stop this dangerous trend was to declare a smoke-free Fiji.

“The majority of life-threatening malignancies may usually be prevented from developing in the womb, even though it cannot entirely prevent all cancers in the community,” he said.

“With the right tools, successfully identifying a cure while also preventing and early detecting a range of cancers can be done.

“Talks about reducing the cancer rate in Fiji where smoking should be absolutely prohibited are being discussed.” READ MORE

It has long been known that smoking tobacco causes a wide variety of health problems, although there is not yet data on the long-term effects of vaping electronic cigarettes. A new study from UCLA suggests that using electronic cigarettes, as well as smoking tobacco, can greatly increase the risk of developing a serious case of COVID.

Study lead author Dr. Theodoros Kelesidis explained that smoking and vaping may result in a predisposition to increased inflammation. This, in turn, increases the potential severity of developing cardiovascular complications from COVID infection.

The discovery has strengthened the opinions of researchers opposing the prolonged use of e-cigarettes, which are considered by many to be harmless. READ MORE
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