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Socioeconomic Disparities in Smoking Behavior and Early Smoking Initiation Among Men in Malawi.

 Sanni YayaGhose Bishwajit Ghose BishwajitVaibhav Shah


Tobacco smoking is a growing concern for health care systems as it is projected to become the leading cause of death in the developing world. Knowledge of how smoking behavior differs across socioeconomic groups is crucial for designing effective preventive policies and alleviating the disparities. The aim of this study was to report the prevalence of (1) smoking status, (2) early smoking initiation, and (3) association with socioeconomic status (SES) of the 2 among Malawian men. Click here to access the full report.

08 August, 2018.

Re-thinking nicotine and its effects


  • Most of the physiological harm attributable to cigarette smoking derives from the toxicants in tobacco and combustion products. Preventable morbidity and mortality has overwhelmingly been related to combusted tobacco smoking, not to nicotine itself.
  • Nicotine is not known to cause cancer. Epidemiological evidence in human populations does not support the basic science concern from laboratory studies that nicotine promotes some cancer pathway activation.
  • Nicotine may contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD), but its impact is much less, compared to tobacco smoke.
  • Nicotine is not generally safe to use in pregnancy and can harm fetal development.
  • Nicotine use causes neuroadaptive changes in the adult brain that may contribute to the risk of developing dependence, but many of these changes are largely reversible and not known to be harmful.

A full report can be Accessed here.

03 August, 2018

Pregnancy and Smoking

Smoking cessation is one of the most attainable measures in ensuring a healthy pregnancy. Still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 13 percent of women smoke within the final three months of their pregnancies. Smoking at any point during pregnancy can result in lifelong implications for your baby.

It’s important to quit smoking if you haven’t quit before becoming pregnant. With determination and support, you can be successful. Click here to read the full article.

03 August, 2018

Time Malawi quit tobacco.

Handling tobacco leaves can cause nicotine to be absorbed into skin resulting in nausea, dizziness and headaches. Nicotine poisoning particularly affects brain development in children, and the industry has a long history of relying on child labour. Click here to read the full article.

02 August, 2018.

Can Smoking Cigarettes Cause Impotence?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, can be caused by a range of physical and psychological factors. Among them is cigarette smoking. It’s not surprising since smoking can damage your blood vessels, and ED is often a result of poor arterial blood supply to the penis. Fortunately, if you quit smoking, your vascular and sexual health and performance are likely to improve. You can access the full article here.

30 July, 2018.

Protect Children from Secondhand Smoke

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.

Download a parent’s guide that will help you manage and  protect children from secondhand smoke exposure.

23 July, 2018.

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