By Sarah Keane • 10 December 2020 • 8:26
THE World Health Organisation (WHO) and WhatsApp collaborate on new quit smoking campaign
On Tuesday, December 8, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a year-long campaign, together with WhatsApp and other internet giants, to tackle smoking in some 100 million people in the year. The aim of the program is to use social media to offer support networks and more access to support groups and important information to people who are trying to kick the nicotine habit.
Other companies jumping on the quit smoking campaign bandwagon include Google, Amazon, Facebook and Johnson & Johnson. The WHO said in a statement that by working together, these companies can “raise awareness of the tactics used by tobacco companies”.
Commenting at the launch of the campaign about the links between smoking and health complications with Covid-19 WHO director general added: “Smoking kills eight million people a year, but if smokers still need more reasons to quit, the pandemic has been a real incentive.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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