New iHHUB member: The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (FIC Mexico)

The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (FIC Mexico): Working against tobacco

iHHub´ s newest member joins the efforts of the Frame Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)an initiative of the World Health Organization.

It is important to mention that smoking is the most important cardiovascular risk factor, since the incidence of coronary disease in smokers is three times higher than in the rest of the population. The possibility of having a heart disease is proportional to the number of cigarettes smoked per day and the number of years in which this harmful habit is maintained.[1]

When presenting the XIII report of the civil society: To 10 years of the General Law for the Control of the Tobacco, Erick Antonio Ochoa, director of Public Policies in Health of FIC Mexico said that if the Congress and the Mexican president do not impose as a top priority the reform of the General Law for Tobacco Control, Mexico will continue to show its vulnerability to the ravages of the tobacco industry.

Encouraging smokers to quit smoking, with pharmacological support in those who require it, is one of the measures recommended by WHO, within the MPOWER strategy, a plan of measures intended to assist effective interventions to reduce the demand of tobacco.

Unfortunately, very few patients receive a clear recommendation to stop smoking, despite being the minimum and most basic strategy that does not require investment of economic resources and is carried out in a few minutes.

In addition to working on this important risk factor, the FIC also intends to attack cardiovascular diseases with subsidiaries in different parts of the world such as: Argentina, Jamaica and the United States.


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