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Sustaining success Submission on Bill B24-2006 to Portfolio Committee on Health. Dr Yussuf Saloojee National Council Against Smoking. NCAS mission. ‘‘To promote health and reduce the death and disease caused by the use of tobacco products. Unique treatment for a unique product.
Dr Yussuf Saloojee
National Council Against Smoking
‘‘To promote health and reduce the death and disease caused by the use of tobacco products
Tobacco is a uniquely dangerous consumer product. It is the only legal product that kills the user when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer.
Smoking during pregnancy poses special risks to the developing foetus and is an important cause of low birthweight and infant mortality.”
US Surgeon General’s Report, 1989
Lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as a cause of death in several countries
The number of smokers dropped from 8.3 million in 1993 to 5 million in 2005.
There are 3 million fewer smokers.
Between a 1/4 to 1/2 of these people would have died from a disease caused by smoking.
Parliament has saved over a million South Africans from early deaths due to cancer, heart attacks and lung diseases
World Bank, 1999
The World Bank, 1999
Canada, Ecuador, the European Community filed lawsuits against international tobacco companies for smuggling.
Philip Morris settled the EU lawsuit for $1.25 billion.
Cigarette makers lied to the public about the dangers of smoking and passive smoking;
US Judge Gladys Kessler, 2006.
*To protect children from passive smoking;
* To guarantee the constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to health
* the substances that the manufacturer’s can put into tobacco products (its constituents);
* the chemicals that may be produced when tobacco products are used (its emissions); and
* the physical design of tobacco products.
Pleasure, appetite suppression
Arousal, appetite suppression
Arousal, cognitive enhancement
Mood modulation, appetitesuppression
Reduction of anxiety and tensionNeurotransmitters Released by Nicotine in the Brain
Up to 1400 chemicals can be added to tobacco. These:
It is fair, reasonable and workable.
.5 - 2 microns
Insofar as particle size is a determinant of lung absorption of smoke, we should explore this as a way to reduce lung exposure to smoke (e.g., 1957, idea no. 99)
History shows they did the opposite – to increase efficiency of nicotine absorption as the priority concern over potentially increased lung cancer