As every year, the Hôtel-Dieu de France (HDF) organized a day to discuss the harmful effects of tobacco, on the occasion of May 31, World Day against Tobacco.
This year, under the high patronage and presence of the Minister of Public Health, His Excellency Dr. Jamil Jabak, and in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the CST, with the services of Pneumology and Medical Resuscitation and Respiratory therapy at the HDF, as well as Laetitia Hatem Physical Rehabilitation Center, and the Dietary Center, organized a day under the theme “the harmful effects of tobacco on the lungs and breathing.”
Following a scientific meeting on the harmful effects of tobacco, it has become clear to what extent all health professionals have a role to play in the fight against smoking and in the application of Law 174/11. In addition to the role of health institutions in this struggle, that of the authorities and educational institutions has also been highlighted as paramount in the fight against smoking. Thus, this year, the CST has increased its efforts to offer educational sessions around tobacco, its mischief and its withdrawal from the staff of the HDF, the General Security and schools and universities.
In addition, at the program of the day of May 31, and with six stands put in place, residents, doctors and nurses have been available to treat several topics, offering advice and information about pulmonary diseases, respiratory therapy, physiotherapy, respiratory physiotherapy, and many others. Likewise, in addition to the interactive and educational activities prepared, the CST offered free consultations while health professionals offered free advice and tests such as nutrition and breath testing.
Given the prevention policy adopted by the HDF, and as part of the CST tobacco control strategy, children were the main target of this campaign. Thus, the participation of the schools proved to be fundamental in order to send the message to our young people. This is why students from neighboring schools have been present at the HDF to benefit from all the prepared activities as well as to carry out scientific experiments to observe first-hand the harm of tobacco.
In the presence of several Lebanese public figures, as well as representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including Saint Joseph University, the French Embassy, and the generosity of Novartis, Astra, Sanofi and IBL Bank, the May 31 at the HDF has managed to attract the attention of the public and to highlight the key-message of the day: “The lungs: the accordion that rhythm our organs!”