QCS Concludes “Time to Quit” Campaign

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Doha: The Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) has concluded the “Time to Quit” campaign, launched last May to raise awareness of lung cancer and highlight risk factors that increase incidence, prevention methods and importance of early detection in connection with World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on May 31 each year.

The campaign, which was launched through direct and virtual platforms, included numerous events, activities and workshops, as well as awareness competitions, with the participation of several governments and private public institutions.

QCS Director of Programs and Events Department Huda Al Yafei said, “We are running this WNTD campaign to raise awareness in the community about the importance of quitting smoking, the effects of active and passive smoking, and this campaign is taking place to complement the advocacy role of the association since its inception in 1997 to raise awareness about cancer and correct misconceptions about it.

Smoking is one of the risk factors for lung cancer, the symptoms of which consist of a cough that does not go away or worsens, chest pain that often worsens with deep breathing, coughing or laughter, hoarseness, weight loss and loss of appetite, coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (sputum or phlegm), shortness of breath, feeling tired or weak, infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that do not go away or keep coming back and new onset of wheezing, she added.

She said that several measures, in particular, could reduce the risk of developing lung cancer. Al Yafei added that there is no sure way to prevent lung cancer, but you can reduce your risk if you don’t smoke if you’ve never smoked, quit smoking if you’re a smoker and avoid second-hand smoke, avoid carcinogens at work, take precautions to protect yourself from exposure to toxic chemicals at work. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise most days of the week, and if you don’t exercise regularly, start slow, try to exercise most days of the week.

Acting Head of Department of Professional Development and Scientific Research at QCS, Dr. Hadi Mohamad Abu Rasheed, said that although the State of Qatar has made significant progress in the area of ​​tobacco control in recent years, however, according to a recent study in Qatar conducted in 2019, an estimated 25.2 percent of adults are current tobacco users.

About 85% of smokers are men and 15% are women.

And about 61% of current smokers are non-Qataris, while 39% are Qataris.

The percentage of smokers is highest among young adults aged 18-24, followed by adults aged 25-34 and adults aged 35-44. About 28% use more than one tobacco product among current smokers.

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