Friday, May 31, 2013

WC Health Department and CANSA raise awareness against tobacco use

Athenkosi Mvane
31 May 2013
Western Cape Department of Health together with various partners including the Cancer Association of South Africa has raised awareness against tobacco use and other forms of smoking. 

World No Tobacco Day is marked every year on the 31st of May globally to highlight health risks associated with tobacco. 

A recent survey done by the Medical Research Council showed that nearly half pf Western Cape learners in grades 8 to 10 are currently smoking. 

Communications officer for the department of health Sithembiso Magubane said the WC tobacco control team brought together nurses, health promoters, environmental health officers, and others involved in health promotion in the province.

“The team shared the latest updates on research into tobacco, tobacco control legislation and other aspects of a healthy lifestyle to raise awareness and to empower health workers to take this knowledge to their communities and work places” Magubane added.

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