Public Health Ministry: 4,000 chemical compounds created by lighting just one cigarette

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BANGKOK, 27 May 2012  – According to the Public Health Ministry, lighting up one cigarette can expose one to over 4,000 chemical compounds and 42 carcinogens, all of which are hazardous to the health. 

Public Health Permanent-Secretary Dr. Paijit Warachit has announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has set “Tobacco Industry Interference” as the main concept of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, which falls on 31 May. The 2012 theme stresses on raising the awareness of policy-makers and the public to stay ahead of the tobacco industry’s games and tricks.

On the occasion of the approaching World Tobacco-Free Day, the Public Health Ministry is set to hold a press conference on 28 May to announce the 2012-2013 measures to prevent tobacco-related problems, which aims to reduce the number of smokers and patients of smoking-related diseases, such as lung cancer, Ischemic heart disease and Emphysema, among others.

Dr. Paijit said that one person who is willing to quit smoking will contribute to cutting down the emission of 4,000 chemical compounds and 42 kinds of carcinogens from the burning of one cigarette.