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"I am a family physician and public health specialist, and have lived and worked in Africa, Asia and North America. I am passionate about health-care development and am a co-founder and director of Healtheon Asia.

This is a collection of my thoughts, travels and things I can't otherwise classify."
- Dr Armid Azadeh

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Smoking Cessation

One of the tasks I would often be asked to support would be the creation of posters for the clinics. When I had a bit of time or a hint of inspiration then I'd usually create something a little more interesting.

The poster created which has become the topic for this post is smoking cessation. Tobacco usage has in more recent times become recognized as one of the major public health issues facing both the developed and now developing parts of the globe. Over 50 percent of the male population are smoking in China now. Thats over 250 million people! Tobacco related diseases are expected to be responsible for 10 million tobacco related deaths per year by the year 2030, with 80% of these in the developing world. At the moment, tobacco has been implicated as a risk factor for 6 out of the 8 leading causes of death worldwide.

You see, once the tobacco companies were restricted from advertising and their use in public spaces prohibited in the developed world, they concentrated all their considerable marketing muscle in the developing world. The largest business transaction ever in Indonesia was when Sampoerna, a local cigarette manufacturer was bought out by Philip Morris.

Anyway, the poster was quite well received. I hope it gives you some ideas or at the very least some information.

1 comment:

  1. What an informative poster there.
    As for tobacco industry in Indonesia, I personally think that it won't be easy to prohibit smoking here. Here in my hometown, Malang, there are hundreds of tobacco industries, small and huge ones, both legal or illegal. They also spread they products outside Java island.
    No doubt that the industry also influencing thousands of families' financial conditions, which their members is working in tobacco industries.

    It's sure that the government and medical professionals need to think more to solve this complex situation.