E-cigarettes: An Emerging Public Health Challenge

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 1pm EST.

Photo of an E-cigarette

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are an emerging challenge for public health. These devices are part of a growing landscape of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that includes many different types of products, such as vape pens and e-hookahs. Despite differences in appearance, these devices are quite similar in function – they create an aerosol that can contain nicotine and other additives. Because the nicotine in these products is typically derived from tobacco, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. However, these proposals have not yet been implemented, and electronic cigarettes remain unregulated at the federal level.

For more information  click on the below link:

http://www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds/archives/2015/october2015.htm

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Health for All. Everywhere 12-12-15 Universal Health Coverage day !

Health is a human right and a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security.

Universal health coverage improves how healthcare is financed and delivered – so it is more accessible, more equitable and more effective.

NOBODY SHOULD GO BANKRUPT WHEN THEY GET SICK.


  • Lack of affordable, quality health care traps families and nations in poverty.
  • Worldwide, 400 million people lack the most basic life-saving health care, and 17% of people in low- and middle-income countries are pushed or further pushed into poverty (US$2/day) because of health spending.
  • Up to one-third of households in Africa and Southeast Asia borrow money or sell assets to pay for health care.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE IS ATTAINABLE.


  • 100+ low- and middle-income countries, home to three-quarters of the world’s population, have taken steps to deliver universal health coverage.
  • Countries implementing universal health coverage are seeing the benefits: healthier communities and stronger economies.
  • There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Countries are designing their own unique pathways toward health for all and exchanging lessons learned.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE CAN STOP THE WORLD’S BIGGEST KILLERS.


  • The Ebola crisis was a stark reminder of the urgent need to strengthen health systems.
  • The poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of preventable mother and child deaths, infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
  • To effectively fight these threats, we must reach everyone, everywhere, with health care.

HEALTH TRANSFORMS COMMUNITIES, ECONOMIES AND NATIONS.


  • Every $1 that a country invests in health today can produce up to $20 in full-income growth within a generation.
  • When health care is accessible and affordable, families can send their children to school, start a business and save for emergencies.
  • Universal health coverage pays a resilience dividend. In times of distress, health minimizes the shock to lives and livelihoods. In times of calm, health promotes community cohesion and economic productivity.

HEALTH IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE.


  • Access to quality health care should never depend on where you live, how much money you have or your race, gender or age.
  • The World Health Organization’s constitution affirms that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right.
  • More than half of the world’s countries have included the right to health, public health or medical care in their national constitutions.

Click the link below for the fact sheet:

http://universalhealthcoverageday.org/downloads/uhc-fact-sheet.pdf

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Tobacco and Cancer !

#Tobacco is the biggest risk factor for #cancer. It causes 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of lung cancer deaths

Tobacco and Cancer

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Secondhand smoke at home

46% of adults exposed to secondhand smoke at home in WHO South-East Asia Region. #Smoking is a hazard to families.

Secondhand smoke at home

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Secondhand smoke at work place !

35% of adults in the Region are exposed to secondhand smoke at work. Enforcing smoke-free policies give them back the freedom to breathe fresh air!

Smoke at work place

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