The acting Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, has indicated in the World No Tobacco Day that "all forms of tobacco pose a great threat to health".

"The consumption of tobacco has harmful and lethal consequences for the health of both those who consume this substance and those who involuntarily breathe the smoke of other people's tobacco," Carcedo insisted during the Day celebrated in the Ministry on the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day and that, on this occasion, has been focused on tobacco and related: "New challenges, the same threat".

During his speech, the minister explained that the Ministry works to strengthen the attention to the smoker from the National Health System (SNS). "In particular, we are facilitating training on the smoking intervention of primary care professionals and developing other actions, in coordination with the Autonomous Communities, within the framework of the Strategy for Health Promotion and Prevention in the SNS."

The minister stressed "the change and progress" that have occurred since the adoption of the first Law of Tobacco in 2005 "and the great success that led to its modification" in 2010 with the expansion of smoke-free spaces, among other improvements .

At this point, Carcedo has indicated that the Ministry works to improve compliance with the Law through specific actions of training, awareness and reinforcement of the inspection work in areas where less compliance has been detected and greater exposure to Tobacco Environmental Smoke , as are the hospitality terraces and health center enclosures.

"The document of consensus of application of the norm will be updated, elaborated on the occasion of the modification of the Law of 2010", has indicated the minister.

Medications to stop smoking

In addition, the minister has announced that the Ministry has initiated the files to finance medicines to stop smoking.

The start of dossiers for the financing of drugs to stop smoking has been possible after a coordinated action between the Public Health Commission and the Permanent Pharmacy Commission, both delegated committees of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System.

"And this process," said the minister, "has been launched after knowing the favorable results of evaluation of the program of smoking cessation presented by Navarra."

Awareness and training actions

Within the actions of awareness and training, the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare has developed an infographic that clarifies the requirements established by the law regarding the characteristics that must have the hospitality terraces to be considered outside spaces.

From today, this infographic is available on the web and social networks of the Ministry, for consultation and download.

In addition, the Ministry is working on the launch of a new information campaign on the implications of new forms of tobacco use for health.

The information campaign prepared by the Ministry is aimed at young people who emphasize that vaporizers, electronic cigarettes, heated tobacco and water pipes also cause addiction and are harmful to health.

The new campaign, which gives continuity to those already carried out in 2017 and 2018, will be disseminated at the beginning of September.

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