APCAT Webinar – Government accountability in responding to COVID-19, NCDs and tobacco use
The Union Courses Online. Shobha Shukla, Khagraj Adhikari, Shameem Haider Patwary, Bima Arya Sugiarto, Han Kosal, Kampong Cham, Jose Martinho Dos Santos Soares, Vinayad Prasad & Tara Singh Bam . 05/12/20; 298853 Topic: Tobacco Control
  Shobha Shukla, Khagraj Adhikari, Shameem Haider Patwary, Bima Arya Sugiarto, Han Kosal, Kampong Cham, Jose Martinho Dos Santos Soares, Vinayad Prasad & Tara Singh Bam
Shobha Shukla, Khagraj Adhikari, Shameem Haider Patwary, Bima Arya Sugiarto, Han Kosal, Kampong Cham, Jose Martinho Dos Santos Soares, Vinayad Prasad & Tara Singh Bam
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Learning Objectives
Evidence has already emerged from those countries hardest hit with the virus. Studies from China show that the odds of progression toward serious illness were 14 times higher among people with a history of smoking compared to those who did not smoke and experience worse outcomes as compared to non-smokers.  In a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, smokers were 2.4 times more likely to have severe symptoms from COVID-19 compared to those who did not smoke. It suggests that tobacco use is associated with a poor evolution/poor prognosis of COVID-19 and more serious results, including admission to intensive care units, use of mechanical ventilation, and death. To make matters worse, tobacco smoking is a leading common risk factor for major NCDs which account for over 70% of untimely deaths globally. World Health Organization (WHO) reports that people with NCDs are more likely to suffer severe COVID-19 with serious outcomes, including death.

Speakers:

Khagraj Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal. Chair APCAT Parliamentarians

Shameem Haider Patwary, Member of Parliament, Bangladesh

Bima Arya Sugiarto, Mayor, Bogor City, Indonesia

Han Kosal, Deputy Governor, Kampong Cham, Cambodia

Jose Martinho Dos Santos Soares, Mayor Ermera City, Timor-Leste

Dr Vinayak Prasad, Health, WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, Geneva

Tara Singh Bam, Deputy Regional Director, The Union Asia Pacific

Moderator:

Shobha Shukla, Coordinator APCAT, Citizen News Service
 

Members of Parliament, Mayors and Subnational Leaders have an essential role to play during this pandemic. The objectives of this webinar are to:

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Discuss the relationship between tobacco use, NCDs, and COVID-19

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hare experiences, lessons learnt and best practices in various countries during the pandemic

3. 
Discuss the role of parliamentarians, mayors and subnational leaders in the fight against COVID-19, tobacco and NCDs.


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