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News in Brief 20 January 2020

  • WHO-backed study outlines benefits of quitting smoking prior to surgery
  • UNESCO laments impunity for journalist killings
  • Top humanitarian officials urges continued support for occupied Palestinian territory
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Smokers who quit one month before surgery reap benefits: UN health agency

Tobacco smokers who quit at least four weeks before undergoing surgery not only have a lower risk of complications, but also show better results six months later than those who continue, the United Nations health agency  said on Monday.

UN health agency signals tobacco might be reaching burn-out among men

Two decades of increasing tobacco use around the world are set to go into reverse, UN health experts have predicted, after revealing data indicating that fewer men and boys are smoking than before.

Don’t let smoking steal life’s breathtaking moments, urges UN health agency

Tobacco use continues to claim around eight million lives a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, in a call for faster action from governments to tackle smoking and the “enormous” health, social, environmental and economic costs it entails.

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking - and they are likely to smoke more than average — UN scientists said on Wednesday.

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of being a smoker, and they are likely to smoke more than average, according to a World Health Organization agency whose study has identified for the first time around 70 genes that could explain this behaviour.

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Annan bans smoking in all UN Headquarters premises

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has issued a ban on smoking in any of the United Nations premises at the Headquarters in New York, in a bid to eliminate the risks associated with second-hand smoke.