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Anti-smoking campaign in SP warns of secondhand smoke to children

 
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Passive smoker for 34 years, Manuel Soares da Silva makes examinations during the campaign against smoking in Brás station trains Brazilian Society of Cardiology campaign against smoking in the train station in Bras.
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Passive smoker for 34 years, Manuel Soares da Silva makes examinations during the campaign against smoking in Brás station trains
Brazilian Society of Cardiology campaign against smoking in the train station in Bras.

Action of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC) warned on Wednesday (29) paulistanos passengers who passed through the station Brás São Paulo Metropolitan Trains Company (CPTM) about the dangers of smoking. The campaign focused on the risks of coexistence of smokers with children and adolescents, which make them passive smokers.

According to the doctor Márcio Sousa, coordinator of the Committee for Tobacco Control SBC, children are highly sensitive to tobacco exposure. No use smoking on the porch, in the yard, in the room because the cigarette is in the hair, skin, clothing. So, not only is the smoke that pollutes the environment, the particles are microscopic said.

By the late afternoon, about 250 people are attending the event. In addition to receiving guidance, they can make measurement of blood pressure, serum cholesterol and glucose levels, measuring weight, height and waist circumference in addition to measurement of carbon monoxide through a 'breathalyzer'. In this test, a result with below level 5, for residents of the state capital (breathing pollution), means that the person does not smoke. Already one result above 20 indicates a smoker who consumes a pack of cigarettes a day and smoked for at least an hour.

The active smoker exhalation has a very high carbon monoxide and we can dispense with the breathalyzer. So this is a guide for the smoker to understand how much he is smoking and how much he is exhaling toxic smoke, the doctor explains.

The breathalyzer test was done even in children as a way to measure for contamination by passive smoking. The niece Maria Cristina de Carvalho is 3 years old and his examination was normal, despite living with her aunt who smokes eight years ago. Maria, who is caring for the elderly, began smoking at age 18 and tried to stop several times. "I have two children, a couple. A 20 and another 14. My children ask me to smoke away from them. Now, I'm trying to stop said, while doing the tests.

Márcio Sousa reported that many participants of the campaign were being instructed on how to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is a challenge to the smoker himself, because there are several dependencies together. Do you have a drug addiction, physical dependence has to be holding something, he said.

The doctor also said that, when properly medicated, the patient can overcome in a better way the cigarette withdrawal syndrome. The recommended treatment for smokers is based on two pillars, he explains. One is behavioral therapy and the other is drug treatment, which aids in overcoming the withdrawal. Today, we know that whenever you enter with any medication, we double the chance of a smoker quit. Be adhesive, lozenges and nicotine gums, tablets, he said.

Who want to quit smoking can call the phone 136, the Ministry of Health, and ask about medical services that specialize in this type of care.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
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