Due to the remarkable success of the Rotaract Non-Smoking Campaigns in Gemayzeh on February 19th & October 28th, 2009, and on the occasion of “World No-Tobacco Day” on May 31st, Rotaract Clubs of Beirut, Sahel Metn, Beirut Metropolitan and Beirut Cosmopolitan, held their 3rd campaign of “Ain’t No Smoking” night in over 40 pubs and restaurants of Gemayzeh starting 8h00PM.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health-National Tobacco Control Program, the Lebanese Initiative for Asthma and GlaxoSmithKline, around 20 Rotaractors toured over the participating venues to guarantee commitment to non-smoking, accompanied by medical doctors who were ready to give facts about passive smoking and its association with asthma, cancer, heart and lung diseases.
The target of this event is to:
a) Allow non-smokers to have ONE tobacco free night in Gemayzeh;
b) Generate media attention on the need of having tobacco free nights in Beirut’s restaurants and pubs;
c) Encourage pubs and restaurants owners to hold weekly smoke-free night(s);
d) Stimulate decision makers on the urgency of promoting non-smoking habits and policies in Lebanon.
Why should the policy of prohibiting smoking in public places be applied:
- Second-hand smoke causes 600,000 premature deaths per year.
- In adults, second-hand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In infants, it causes sudden death. In pregnant women, it causes low birth weight.
- Separate or ventilated smoking areas do not protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke can spread from a smoking area to a non-smoking area, even if the doors between the two areas are closed and even if ventilation is provided. Only 100% smoke-free environments provide effective protection.
- Spending 2 hours in a smoking area causes inhaling enough toxic chemicals to equal smoking 4 cigarettes.
- Children who breathe in secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from dental cavities, eye and nose irritation, and irritability.
In the region, Turkey was the first country that successfully prohibited smoking at work and public places; other countries and cities are currently working on applying the policy such as Bahrain, Dubai, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iran.
For pictures and further info, you can email us after the event at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Or call us at:
Abbas Sibaii – President 10-11/ Rotaract Club of Beirut
Joelle Yazbeck – President 10-11/ Rotaract Club of Sahel Metn
Maysaa Shehab – President 10-11/ Rotaract Club of Beirut Metropolitan
Nayef Mecharrafie – President 10-11/ Rotaract Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan
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