Montpellier : a hot air balloon to start the operation I(s) tobacco-free

Montpellier : une mongolfière pour lancer l'opération Moi(s) sans tabac

Not judgmental moralising but a welcome help to stop smoking

This is the 3rd edition seeks to target women in particular and the people in the siutation of precariousness.

A hot air balloon (re)giving of the breath ! The official launch of the 3rd edition of the Me(s) without tobacco was held this Friday, November 9, on the place de la Comédie. If the ball could not be deployed for a few moments, between two showers, the fan zone, it was not constantly busy.

Information, games, practical advice but also interviews with addictologues : professionals and volunteers have not spared their efforts to educate without guilt, to guide without judging.

In November, we stop together !

A campaign that has proven : “There is a real desire to transform public health policies focusing on prevention. Because it works !, says Pierre Ricordeau, the new director general of the ARS (regional Agency of health). Between 2016 and 2017, the rate of smoking has fallen by 3 percentage points in France”, is one million addicts in less.

If the general theme plays and the team spirit with the slogan “In November, we’ll be together”, there are local specificities targeted by the partners.

1 A region that smokes too

Occitania is in the top three regions which have the highest smoking rate (3rd after the Paca region and the Hauts-de-France, with 30.3 per cent). “We are well above the French average (below 30 %), reports Marion Mourgues, regional coordinator of operation for ICM.

“This is explained in particular by the proximity of Spain, where it is easy to provide tobacco little expensive. The people are therefore less motivated to quit because of the price increase.”

2 smoking women

If men do mégotent more when it comes to stop smoking, this is less the case of women smokers. “Today, women are catching up with men. They smoke more than them, ” says Caroline Navarre, assistant municipal delegated to the health and rights of women. And lung cancer, 2nd leading cause of death in women, the risk of exceeding the cancer of the breast.”

3 the problem of precarious

It may seem paradoxical, but the galley (unemployment, housing, etc.) is an aggravating factor of smoking. “Many studies show that people affected by precariousness are more susceptible to addiction,” explains Thomas Le Ludec, director general of the CHU de Montpellier. And the combination tobacco-alcohol may be deleterious in terms of diseases.

Montpellier : une mongolfière pour lancer l'opération Moi(s) sans tabac

For Thomas Le Ludec, director general of the CHU of Montpellier, the hardship is a factor agravant addictions.

Hence the need for a cover to get out of this addiction. Because together, we are stronger !


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