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Over 6,000 people die annually in Kyrgyzstan from diseases caused by smoking

More than 6,000 people die in Kyrgyzstan every year from various diseases associated with tobacco consumption. Press center of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the republic reported.

According to the ministry, about 70 percent of deaths in Kyrgyzstan are caused by non-infectious diseases: cardiovascular, oncological and bronchopulmonary.

The ministry added that tobacco consumption poses a threat to the health of any person, regardless of gender, age, race, culture or education.

Head of the Department of the National Center of Oncology and Hematology Turusbek Abdyldaev noted that the incidence of oncology is growing every year, and this is directly related to tobacco consumption. «In recent years, lung cancer takes the 4th place in mortality in the country. Young people are very fond of smoking various tobacco products, such as hookahs, electronic cigarettes,» he said.

The medical community asks the authorities to support a law that will protect citizens’ rights to health and clean air.

On July 29, the deputies of Parliament approved the draft law on protecting the health of citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic from consequences of tobacco consumption, nicotine and exposure to ambient tobacco smoke and aerosol. It is at the Presidential Executive Office now.

The document, in particular, imposes a ban on smoking in public places, including electronic cigarettes, hookahs and smoking blends.