Iranian health ministry adapts six anti-smoking strategies

October 31, 2014 6:36 am 

TEHRAN, Oct. 30 — Iran’s Heath Ministry announced six strategies for combating smoking, said Deputy Health Minister Ali Akbar Sayyari.

“Cigarette price rise; protecting against second-hand smoke; helping smokers quit; warning against dangers of tobacco use; banning cigarette advertising and smoking promotion and financial support for tobacco factories as well as supporting rise in tobacco tax are the ministry’s strategies for combating smoking,” he said.

Sayyari said all cigarette packages must include graphic warning labels showing the detrimental effects on health of smokers.

“Graphic warning labels should be changed every six months or every year,” he said.

He noted the ministry is looking for the most effective warning signs by seeking people’s views.

According to latest figures released by the health ministry, about 7.3 million people smoke cigarettes in Iran and many children are exposed to second-hand smoking.

Smoking emerged as the leading cause of cardiovascular and lung diseases as well as certain cancers.

Iranian nutritionist Dr. Yahya Pasdar called on smokers to kick the smoking habit and eat fruits like oranges and grapes to reduce harmful effects of smoking.

“Fruits, particularly those high in vitamin C, are helpful in reducing effects of smoking,” he said.

The nutritionist warned smokers against consuming fat because in combination with cigarettes, fat will increase risk of heart attack and cardiovascular diseases.

“Smokers should better eat boiled and steamed food,” he said.

Pasdar added the best way to healthy living is to quit smoking completely. (PNA/IRNA)

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