Published: 2017-11-05 15:59
Last Updated: 2017-11-05 16:47
Have you ever wondered why products that help smokers with their nicotine addiction are only sold in pharmacies, while cigarettes are sold at almost every corner?
It is not a surprise that tobacco products are extremely addictive because they contain nicotine.
However, what people do not know is that the success rate for unaided smoking cessation is very low.
Put it out
For a large majority of smokers, quitting is not simply a matter of choice or strength of will. Addiction is a disease and it needs to be treated as such. In fact, some experts believe that nicotine is one of the hardest addictions to break.
At this point, providing adequate treatments for tobacco dependence is an integral measure that must not be ignored, especially since rates of tobacco use are on the rise in the Eastern Mediterranean regions (EMR).
Death by Tobacco
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by the year 2030, tobacco will be the leading cause of death worldwide, claiming the lives of 10 million people annually. Furthermore, 250 million of the children and adolescents alive today are predicted to be killed due to this epidemic.
Tobacco Dependence Treatment (TDT)
Due to the increasing need for promoting Tobacco Dependence Treatment (TDT), Jordan’s King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) is holding the First Eastern Mediterranean Summit on TDT in Amman, from 5-6 November, 2017 under the patronage of HRH Princess Ghida Talal.
The summit aims at bringing together TDT activists and practitioners as well as multiple local and global organizations and experts from the EMR, in order to improve the effectiveness of the TDT services in the region.
The sessions are intended to address topics such as “Factors influencing demand for TDT services,” “Developments and trends in pharmacotherapy,” and “TDT and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).”
Effective treatment of tobacco dependence will ultimately lower a smoker’s chances of developing many types of cancer, which is why the Cancer Control Office at the KHCF is working tirelessly to reduce the cancer burden in Jordan.
It is worth noting that these treatments are proven to work. Many scientific studies conducted by WHO demonstrated that treatment can definitely help tobacco users.
TDT may save the lives of your loved ones and improve their quality of life.