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By Amina Abdul Salam

Smoking has huge hazards not only for the smoker but also for all people around him, causing several health problems which increase for children. Dr Alaa el-Messalami, Consultant in Paediatrics and Neonatology, says that passive smoking has a bad impact on a child's growth. In addition, passive smoking has an indirect effect on a child's hearing.

It can lead to an infection of the sinuses and inflammation in the ear as a result of the blockage of the Eustachian tube. This is due to the accumulation of secretions inside it.

Dr el-Messalami pointed out that smoking by a pregnant woman leads to delaying the growth of the foetus due to little blood reaching it through the placenta and may lead to congenital malformations, especially if she was smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Furthermore, smoking may lead to abortion in some cases. He said that the child also gets an allergy which has several symptoms, such as persistent coughing, shortness of breath and difficulty in feeding. And it is necessary to visit the doctor immediately upon noticing any of these symptoms.

Dr el-Messalami recommends that children should not be indoors where smokers are present or sitting next to a smoker in the family.

He added that in the event of a child being afflicted with an allergy, the treatment varies according to the age of the child. The treatment will be with cortisone, steam or bronchodilators.

The child should be kept away from factors that cause allergic irritation, such as insecticide sprays, incense and fur.

PARIS, July 4, 2018 (News Wires) - With sultry tuxedos and a gown that appeared to waft down the catwalk like cigarette smoke, French designer Jean Paul Gaultier celebrated smoking in all its forms on Wednesday in a fashion show filled with tongue-in-cheek digs at overly rigid attitudes.

Reinterpretations of “Le Smoking” - or tuxedos for women popularized by late French couturier Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s - dominated the Haute Couture collection, with black and white combinations of jackets and ruffled dresses for instance.

The designer took smoke as his inspiration for a see-through dress decked out in swirling embellishments, or a wedding gown with a featherlight, waspy train that looked like it could vanish into thin air as it twirled on the runway.

Gaultier, the self-style “enfant terrible” of the fashion world, was also deliberately harking back to a period when smoking was more widely acceptable.

“I don’t smoke, but I was always surrounded by people that were smoking,” Gaultier said after the show in Paris.

“I don’t say ‘don’t smoke or smoke’, it’s only that people should do what they want.”

Smoking was banned in public places in France in 2006, echoing clampdowns in many other countries by authorities for health reasons.

Overcoming TB by 2030

By Amina Abdul Salam

CAIRO, April 8, 2018 - The Association Against Smoking, Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Egypt, Headed by Dr Essam  Moghazi, Consultant in Chest Diseases, marked World Tuberculosis Day  at the  sports grounds in Al Azmarat district, Mokattam, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. 

The event aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of fighting this disease through presenting information about tuberculosis, highlighting the current situation in Egypt and providing information on the causes of this disease, its symptoms and ways to avoid it. 

The event coincided with World  Tuberculosis Day on March 24. 

Although much has been achieved in conquering this disease since the German scientist Robert Koch discovered its cause in 1882 as well as the progress made on its treatment in the last two  decades, tuberculosis (TB)still comes on top of the list of  fatal and infectious illnesses worldwide. It kills 4,500 people daily, according to the World Health Organisation. The event was attended by hundreds of people from the Asmarat district, including a large number of children and executives. The female entertainer  Darren Farghali, and soccer player Tamer Bagato also attended. The event began with a marathon in which all attendees participated. Dr Alaa Hashish of the World Health Organisation bureau in Egypt, then spoke on means of fighting tuberculosis and the hepatitis C virus.

Tuberculosis patients can receive treatment at the Hospital for Chest Diseases free of charge, according to Dr Hashish.  According to  Dr Wagdi Abdel Moneim, Director General  of the Chest  Diseases Department,  the Ministry of Health was applying a plan to overcome tuberculosis in Egypt by 2030. There are 15 cases in every 100 thousand people according to the reports of the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Ministry provides TB patients with  medicines free of charge.