RelatedNCDs, Universal Access and Mental Health Must Be on the Agenda RelatedGovernment Provides Special Treatment for Seniors Through JADEP FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some smokers are spending up to a quarter of a million dollars per year on cigarettes, without realising just how much of their income goes toward supporting their addiction.This alarming statistic was disclosed by Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank held on Tuesday, May 28, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Mrs. Chen noted that individuals, who smoke a pack of cigarettes per day, spend on average of $250,000 a year to support the habit.She said smoking negatively affects human development as the financial resources that could be used to fund a person’s growth and development are often channelled towards the habit.[RELATED: World No Tobacco Day to Focus on Banning Tobacco Advertising]“If someone spends their entire salary on smoking cigarettes, the children are not getting the school books, the school shoes. He or she also gets sick, has to go to the hospital and you know there are costs attendant to that because of the lung problems,” the Executive Director said.“I don’t think if I gave anyone a bag with $250,000 they would go outside and burn it but that is exactly what is happening with cigarette addiction and in addition, it is causing harm,” Mrs. Chen continued.Chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Knox Hagley, also weighed in on the matter and highlighted that smoking tobacco is not only costly to maintain, but also has detrimental effects on the health and wellness of the human body and the environment.“Smoking is the second leading cause of death worldwide. One out of every two chronic smokers will eventually breathe their last breath as a result of a smoking-related disease, and quite often, this happens several years before the life expectancy rate,” he emphasised.Dr. Hagley said that smoking also causes cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, poor blood circulation to the kidney and legs, which results in chronic kidney disease and gangrene. “It also causes poor circulation in males and might also result in erectile dysfunction,” he informed.Friday, May 31, is being observed as World No Tobacco Day under the theme: “Ban Tobacco Promotion, Advertising and Sponsorship: Save our Youth.” The annual observance is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO).No smoking advocates and health authorities across the world will be focussing on public education strategies aimed at banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship as well as messages aimed at discouraging smoking, particularly among the youth.Contact: Sanasha Pearson/Toni-Ann Rankine Advertisements RelatedWorld No Tobacco Day to Focus on Banning Tobacco Advertising Smokers Burning Up To $250,000 Per Year Health & WellnessMay 30, 2013Written by: Toni-Ann Rankine
The start of the weekend brought good and bad news for the Orioles on the pitching front.The organization came to terms with 2018 first-round pitcher Grayson Rodriguez on Friday, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The Texas high school right-hander will receive a $4.3 million signing bonus, which is just under the slot value for the 11th overall pick of this year’s draft.But that positive development was paired with the revelation that top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey has been shut down with right shoulder soreness. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed after Friday’s loss in Toronto that the injury did not occur from the 23-year-old pitching, lending credence to The Sun’s report that Harvey’s shoulder popped out of socket while he tried to avoid a line drive in the Double-A Bowie dugout. It’s unclear how much time the 2013 first-round pick will miss.In 32 1/3 innings this season, Harvey is 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA and is striking out 8.4 and walking 2.5 batters per nine innings.As expected, Baltimore has activated right-handed relief pitcher Darren O’Day from the disabled list. The 35-year-old had been on the DL with a hyperextended right elbow since May 9 and owns a 3.77 ERA in 14 1/3 innings in 2018.To make room on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned hard-throwing lefty Tanner Scott to Triple-A Norfolk. The 23-year-old rookie sports an underwhelming 4.96 ERA in 16 1/3 innings for Baltimore this season, but he’s averaged 12.7 strikeouts compared to 3.3 walks per nine innings, representing a rare bright spot for the club this season.Closer Zach Britton could be activated from the DL as soon as Monday after completing back-to-back outings for Norfolk. The two-time All-Star selection tore his right Achilles tendon in December, but he’s allowed one earned run and has struck out six in the first 5 1/3 innings of his minor-league rehab assignment.