World No Tobacco Day 2019

Annually, 31st May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) commemorates World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). This yearly campaign raises awareness on the harmful health implications of tobacco use as well as passive smoking (second-hand), and encourages those to consider stopping. This year the focus is on "tobacco and lung health."

Thinking about how we could prevent conditions which present in vast numbers to our health care system is both a benefit to patients themselves and our NHS. By implementing measures, this could reduce the burden of disease from conditions such as lung cancer, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and death that is attributable to tobacco exposure.

It’s important to think broadly about health issues and prevention strategies, which are occurring on a global level. It’s also very mature to mention potential preventative measures in your interviews if asked.

There’s no need for very complex suggestions, simple suggestions will show you’re thinking broadly about the issues our healthcare system faces.

Always try to structure your thinking. You could do so by thinking from prevention strategies on a smaller scale, up to potential global initiatives, which are therefore those on a larger scale. Examples include, having regular “Stop Smoking” clinics at your local GP, to national TV campaigns as well as unattractive packaging of smoking showcasing the poor health implications for people. There could also be a smoking tax added, or on a more global scale initiatives such as today “World No Tobaccos Day” could encourage people to decide to quit.

It’s also okay if these are not currently implemented, the point of this is a discussion to suggest rational possibilities, irrespective of they’re actually done or not. This article also shows that you are aware of health issues which again is very important to show in your interviews for Medicine or Dentistry,

We hope you enjoyed this article discussing smoking and it’s implication on our health.

To read more, visit: https://www.who.int/tobacco/control/background/en/

As always, please email hello@step2med.co.uk for any queries!

Source(s): The World Health Organisation (WHO)

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