Category Archives: Harm caused

Sweet deadly sensation

By Sahani Lungu (Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocate) 

There is compounding scientific evidence that smokers enjoy their habit because it stimulates the flow of feel good chemicals in the brain. This feel good factor becomes a blissful substitute for stress and anxiety. Smoking in a way provides smokers a sweet escape from everyday rational and emotional quagmire. This is because the chemicals in the cigarettes target the brain’s natural system of chemicals called endogenous opioid, which is responsible for relieving painful sensations and heightening positive emotions. Continue reading Sweet deadly sensation

Let’s deal with cigarette addiction

By Dumase Gzambo Mapemba.

He is a lung cancer patient under chemotherapy, bedridden in the medical ward at Kamuzu Central Hospital where he is battling for his life, doctors established that he is suffering from the deadly disease because of tobacco smoking. Shockingly, he periodically sneaks out of the hospital to source tobacco cigarettes in order to satisfy his crave for smoking. Continue reading Let’s deal with cigarette addiction

Effects of second-hand smoke

By Dumase Gzambo Mapemba and Chimwemwe Ngoma

As published in the Malawi News on 15 September, 2018

“Second-hand Smoke (SHS) is one of the most important and most widespread exposures in the indoors environment. The link between secondhand smoke and several health outcomes such as respiratory infections, heart diseases, lung cancer and asthma have long been established” reads the Global Health Observatory (GHO) data by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Continue reading Effects of second-hand smoke

Mkamanga’s testimony on tobacco harms

On 5 September, 2018, Tobacco Harm Reduction team had an opportunity to converse with Mr. Kumbukani Mkamanga, a Nursing Officer, medical ward at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. During the interaction, Mkamanga mentioned that most of the patients he receives in the ward suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and lung cancer which are caused by smoking and inhaling of tobacco smoke. Continue reading Mkamanga’s testimony on tobacco harms