Popularity of vapes and iQOS soars among…


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The recognition of stylish methods of smoking is rising among the many youth

Key Tatarstan specialists within the combat in opposition to smoking are sad with the anti-tobacco marketing campaign’s tempo. Although the variety of people who smoke anyway falls, famous vice chief physician for medical affairs of the Republican Drug Clinic, chief narcologist of the Tatarstan Ministry of Well being Care Rezeda Khayeva. On the identical time, the recognition of vapes and different fashionable methods of smoking critically elevated. Some well being staff spreading fakes about the good thing about smoking within the combat in opposition to coronavirus complicate the combat too. In accordance with Kazan’s chief pulmonologist Rustem Khamitov, some docs in crimson zones of COVID-19 hospitals of the republic consider: “We don’t fall ill because we smoke!”

The chief narcologist of the Tatarstan Ministry of Well being Care cited the WHO’s information and claimed that as much as 7 million folks nonetheless die from tobacco smoking a 12 months. 6 million of them are people who smoke and former tobacco customers, one other practically 1,000,000 are passive people who smoke. Other than the direct menace to the lifetime of the Russian inhabitants, this can be a large burden for the well being care system. To forestall this, Russia joined the WHO Framework Conference on Tobacco Management as early as 2008, took a set of measures to guard its residents from tobacco in 2010. In 2013, the fundamental regulation on the safety of residents from the impression of tobacco smoke was created. As a consequence, of a 3rd of Russians (30,9%) formally consumed tobacco in 2016, in 2019, their quantity fell to 24,2% (Editor’s notice: or virtually 30 million folks).

“The number of passive smokers reduce twice, and the availability of tobacco products also fell two times. It is believed that the anti-tobacco law works, the behavioural rules work. However, the statistics don’t allow registering all cases of addiction to tobacco. The consumption of chewing and smelling tobacco is starting to spread. New types of products, including electronic cigarettes, vapes, appeared. The popularity of vapes and iQOS (heat-not-burn tobacco products) is growing among the youth,” Khayeva mentioned and famous that the share of customers of those smoking strategies amongst younger Russians from 18 to 24 years is nineteen,1% right this moment.

How COPD defeated lung most cancers in deaths

In accordance with the chief drug therapist of Tatarstan, there’s a well-liked opinion that collective hookah smoking is protected. As Rezeda Khayeva mentioned, it’s extra harmful than cigarettes as a result of apart from nicotine and different substances, nitrogen oxide additionally impacts the lungs when smoking hookah. Whereas hookah people who smoke are subjected to the identical dangers as cigarette people who smoke, the skilled assured the viewers.

Tatarstan well being care staff have been dealing with tobacco dependancy in drug clinics for 5 years, the clinics have workplaces serving to folks to cease tobacco smoking the place a narcologist, psychiatrist and pulmonologist present them assist. By the way in which, a brand new federal order of the Ministry of Well being Care, which got here to mild in September 2021, already formally permitted to make use of remedy and psychotherapeutic strategies to eliminate people who smoke’ tobacco dependancy. Voluntarily, after all. Nonetheless, the variety of those that sought such assist in these workplaces can not assist however make us unhappy: final 12 months, they totalled 768 folks, this 12 months, the quantity has been a bit greater than 500.

Well-known pulmonologist Rustem Khamitov additionally claimed that the combat in opposition to smoking in Russia these days can’t be named efficient. In accordance with him, not all people is aware of that smoking actually results in persistent bronchitis, which in flip will develop right into a extreme illness, persistent obstructive pulmonary illness (COPD). Earlier than the pandemic, it ranked third in dying causes. And 80% of deaths from COPD are conditioned by tobacco smoking. In actual fact, a dying from COPD is twice extra typically than trachea or lung most cancers.

By the way in which, in response to Kazan oncologist Konstantin Trofimov, an worker of the Republican Scientific Most cancers Hospital, his unit sees over 1,200 folks with a malignant pathology of the chest a 12 months. And it’s those that had been generally permitted to be operated. 35% of yearly detected lung most cancers instances are recognized in stage 4. Whereas 80% of sufferers who find yourself within the most cancers unit are people who smoke, he claimed.

Konstantin Trofimov

Development of fakes that smoking protects from coronavirus

The worst factor, Rustem Khamitov complained, is that the pandemic has led to a progress within the variety of fakes that smoking by some means protects from coronavirus. The pulmonologist sees an energetic advertising and marketing job of tobacco firms who both unfold or assist them as the reason for the fakes. In accordance with the chief lung skilled of the Kazan Well being Care Workplace it was identified lengthy earlier than coronavirus that exactly smoking folks had been susceptible to viral respiratory infections, coronavirus is one in all them.

“I will say with sadness that I have heard doctors working today in the red zone [where severe COVID-19 patients are treated] talk about the benefit of smoking. They looked me in the eye, knew me and my opinion claim: ‘We don’t fall ill because we smoke.’ Colleagues, if we are talking about doctors who smoke and think they don’t fall ill… First of all, all health workers, with no exception, have already fallen ill in the red zone. Those who contact coronavirus are immunised every day,” Khamitov shared.

Because the skilled mentioned, the reason for the boldness in regards to the “benefit of smoking” is well-liked amongst docs psychoneurological. It’s a form of self-training: folks can not refuse a nasty behavior, to justify themselves they guarantee themselves that smoking by some means protects them from one thing. In the meantime, the chief Kazan lung doctor says that smoking moreover intensifies the harmful harm on the lungs in coronavirus. Additionally, it will increase the variety of doable coronary heart strokes and cognitive abilities after COVID-19 if the previous red-zone affected person retains smoking.

How smoking worsens post-COVID-19 syndrome

“Not the treatment of COVID-19 during the acute stage of the disease but the post-COVID-19 syndrome became even a more topical problem today. Patients who recovered from COVID-19 who at times are released with a serious lung damage, undiagnosed myocarditis become a problem prevailing the problems of severe patients,” Rustem Khamitov warned.

The pulmonologist was individually indignant in regards to the well-liked opinion the identical tobacco trade actively pushes, as he thinks, that vapes aren’t harmful and “not as dangerous” as odd cigarettes. Khamitov is certain that vapes are so broadly unfold among the many youth as a result of tobacco firms don’t need to lose their earnings and can’t actively resist the anti-tobacco propaganda have to interchange one provide channel with one other, that’s to say, substitute cigarettes with vapes. The primary information of European specialists, members of the European Respiratory Society has appeared within the final two years that the common use of e-cigarettes “is extremely harmful.”

Rustem Khamitov

“Here the notions are substituted. Of course, they prefer comparing the harm with usual cigarettes. And of course, the comparisons will be in favour of vapes. But it is a very good marketing approach. Vape smoking anyway seriously raises the probability of developing COPD. Smokers develop obliterative bronchiolitis. It is an irreversible and incurable disease. The change of the lungs on the CT looks like a snowstorm in those who regularly use vapes,” Khamitov claimed evaluating tobacco nicotine and vape smoking with the pace distinction when driving a automotive 200 km an hour or 150 km, that’s to say, “both are acceptable for driving.”

Khamitov believes that if the development isn’t damaged, it isn’t made retro, most kids who’re beginning to smoke will begin with e-cigarettes and iQOS. Tobacco firms virtually switch new customers to different tobacco supply choices.

Sergey Afanasyev. Photograph: video screenshot tatar-inform.ru

Analytics Tatarstan


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