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Tackling NCDs – Tobacco top risk factor for NCDs (Source: The Jamaica Observer)

Tackling NCDs – Tobacco top risk factor for NCDs (Source: The Jamaica Observer)

 

NON-COMMUNICABLE diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, are killing at least 70 per cent of Jamaicans every year. This is according to Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, who in citing a 2010 report said his ministry is not only looking at the curative side of health, but also addressing the risk factors.

“What are the risk factors that are killing our people?” Dr Ferguson questioned. “It is proper diet, physical inactivity, abusive use of alcohol, and tobacco. “Tobacco use is the worst of them all,” Dr Ferguson continued. “Seventy per cent of the lung cancer cases at the National Chest Hospital (are) directly related to tobacco use.”

Accepting that tobacco taxes contribute to the National Health Fund, which was established to provide financial support to the national health care system, the health minister offered that the negatives far outweigh the positive. (Read More)

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