Smoking banned in public places in Tehran

TEHRAN. May 31 (MNA) – Smoking in Tehran Municipality’s public places is banned, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf announced here on Sunday.

In a statement issued on the occasion of the World No-Tobacco Day, Tehran Mayor warned of the increase in rate of habitual smokers aged between 13 and 15 in the country.

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31, and this years’ theme is "Tobacco Health Warnings" in a bid to make people aware of the health risks of tobacco use and convincing them to quit and finally reduce over 5 million yearly deaths from tobacco related health problems, the mayor said. 

On physical, psychological, cultural, and financial devastating effects smoking has on the society, Qalibaf said that tobacco is responsible for 90% of lung cancers and “is the major cause of heart diseases.”

Qalibaf referred to the global drug mafia and high costs tobacco companies pay to encourage the youth and deceive the public about the dangers of smoking, and called for concerted efforts to fight back against the epidemic of tobacco throughout the world.

Global attention should be drawn to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to its negative effects, the mayor said.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco will become the leading cause of death and disability, killing more than 10 million people each year by 2020, thus causing more deaths worldwide than HIV, tuberculosis, maternal mortality, car accidents, suicide and homicide combined.   







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