Sun, 31 May 2020
Health Minister, Faeqa bint Said Al-Saleh, has said that the World No Tobacco Day, which falls on May 31, provides an opportunity for Bahrain to promote social awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of smoking.
Smoking is known to cause chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes. “Smoking is one of the main risk factors that increase the chances of contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as it affects the efficiency of the respiratory system and the functions of lungs of smokers,” said HE Al-Saleh.
In a statement marking the World No Tobacco Day, the minister underlined the kingdom’s support for the global efforts to combat tobacco and smoking, through adopting many measures, policies and strategic plans aimed at fighting smoking.
“Bahrain is keen on preserving the health of citizens and residents during the coronavirus outbreak, as is evident in the decision of the National Taskforce to close cafes and Shisha cafes and limiting their services to takeout and delivery of food only,” she said.
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