DURBAN - With the ongoing debate and the various legal challenges launched against the government on the ban of cigarette sales during the Covid-19 lockdown, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has launched an online smoking cessation programme called Kick Butt.
According to the association, 70% of smokers do not make an attempt to quit because of the fear of failure. Making the decision to quit is an achievement in itself. Successful quitting is a matter of planning and commitment.
“For the next three months, persons enrolled in the programme can expect an e-mail of encouragement on a weekly basis to encourage them and provide them with guidelines and practical advice for the week ahead,” said the association.
Cansa’s own statistics show that tobacco-related diseases kill over 44 000 South Africans and 5,4 million people worldwide annually, making tobacco use one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. Lung cancer, which is mostly caused by smoking, is the second most common cancer contracted in South African men, with one in 59 men diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.
Meanwhile, the Tobacco, Alcohol and Gambling Advocacy Action Group says that the ban might be a blessing in disguise for many smokers.
"Around the world it's been promoted as Q&Q - quit in quarantine - and seen as an opportunity because cold turkey is by and large the best way to quit smoking. Of course, there is a little bit of drama, there is a little bit of trauma," said the group.
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