The National Archives Organizes a Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Smoking and Ways to Quit

The National Archives Organizes a Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Smoking and Ways to Quit

The National Archives Organizes a Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Smoking and Ways to Quit

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and the Quit Smoking Clinic in Abu Dhabi, organized an awareness and educational campaign to highlight the damages of smoking and the ways to quit, held on the World No Tobacco Day.
By that event, the National Archives aimed to confirm the health and safety factors and to promote a healthy lifestyle of its employees and a sound work environment. This event is an important initiative within the framework of the National Archives’ social responsibility, which it incorporates in its strategies as part of its institutional values.
The campaign included a lecture on the damages caused by smoking and how to quit, presented by Dr. Abdul Razzak Al Kaddour, Consultant Cardiologist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and in charge of Quit Smoking Clinic. He talked about all of the health hazards caused by smoking. For example, an al Medwakh (a type of pipe used in the region) with a capacity of a half gram of impure tobacco that is mixed with extra toxic substances, is equivalent of five to ten cigarettes, and shisha is equivalent to 30 cigarettes. In smoking, there are 5,000 harmful ingredients, of which 60 cancerous substances. Dr. Al Kaddour explained that the carbon gas that enters the body when inhaling smoke poisons the red cells, and the nicotine makes the smoker addicted, as it reaches the brain in 11 seconds. He said there are special cells that receive it and give the smoker an illusory sense of pleasure, stressing that nicotine addiction is as serious a drug addiction. The lecturer added an air of optimism by mentioning the possibility of quitting smoking if the smoker has the determination and the will to do so firstly, and he/she shall spend his/her time with useful hobbies that keep them busy, but that the treatment may require the use of some medicine and medical plasters.
The campaign also included the distribution of leaflets and brochures that inform the people about the damages to health caused by smoking and the benefits of quitting.
On the other hand, nurses from the Quit Smoking Clinic measured the carbon monoxide ratio of the staff to see the effects of smoking on them. A large number of staff of the National Archives attended the activities of the anti-smoking campaign.
It is noteworthy that the UAE bans smoking in closed public sites and facilities such as the malls and markets, in order to preserve public health and protect the rights of non-smokers so they will not inhale any type of tobacco smoke and avoid damaging their health.