The rate of tobacco consumption in Morocco in continuous decline

The rate of tobacco consumption in Morocco is in continuous decline in Morocco as in the world, underlined, Tuesday in Marrakech, the president of the Center of Addictology of the ocher city, Hamid Ibanni.

“It is expected that this rate will reach 12% in Morocco in 2025“, noted Hamid Ibanni in a presentation given at a conference-debate on “the dangers of tobacco”, organized on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, for which the theme was chosen this year: “Tobacco a threat to our environment.

In this presentation entitled “Tobacco addiction: neurobiological and therapeutic news”, this expert, referring to studies by the World Health Organization (WHO), indicated that the number of smokers of tobacco and its derivatives , aged between 15 and over, experienced a regression in Morocco from 23.6% in 2000 to 17.7% in 2010, then to 15.7% in 2015 to reach 13.8% in 2020.

During this conference-debate initiated by the Marrakech Section of the Drug Harm Reduction Association, in partnership with the Semlalia Faculty of Sciences (FSSM) under the Cadi Ayyad University, Hamid Ibanni noted that this regression is the resulting in any logic of the policy adopted by Morocco in the fight against smoking.

In this sense, he praised the tireless efforts made in this direction at the level of the Center of Addictology of Marrakech which welcomes a significant number of consumers and addicts of the cigarette, noting that this structure calls upon approaches combining sensitization and treatment, in order to fight effectively against tobacco consumption and reduce its dangers.

In the process, he recalled that the rate of tobacco consumption among men fell from 45.5% in 2000 to 35.33% in 2010, before reaching 31.1% in 2015, noting that this rate recorded a downward trend to settle at 24.7% in 2020 and would be around 24.2 in 2025 according to forecasts.

Among women, this rate has also dropped considerably, going from 2.2% in 2000 to 1.3% in 2010, then to 1% in 2015 and to 0.8% in 2020, whereas it is expected that this percentage would be around 0.6% in 2025, he continued.

On another register, this meeting served as an opportunity for Mr. Mohamed Cherkaoui, professor at the FSSM and president of the Marrakech Section of the Association for the Reduction of Drug Risks, to emphasize the corollary relationship between the consumption of tobacco and its by-products and the threat to the environment.

During this meeting, the audience was also invited to watch a documentary film on tobacco addiction aimed at raising awareness among young people and younger generations about the dangers of smoking and its repercussions on both psychological and physical health. .

It should be noted that Morocco, like other countries around the world, celebrates, Tuesday, May 31, World No Tobacco Day, an event which is the continuity of the celebration of World Health Day 2022 around of the theme “Our planet, our health”.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection kicked off a national campaign which will continue until June 21, with the aim of further strengthening awareness of the dangers of smoking. and to promote advocacy around this issue, with a focus on the repercussions of this scourge on the environment.

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