Share HealthLifestyleNewsRegional WHO, partners mark World No Tobacco Day by: – May 31, 2018 (Jamaica Observer) Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce its consumption.A release from the Heart Foundation of Jamaica said WNTD 2018 will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide under the theme ‘Tobacco Breaks Hearts — Chose health, not tobacco’.“Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, and despite the known harms of tobacco to heart health and the availability of solutions to reduce related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of CVD (cardiovascular diseases) is low, the release said.CVD kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths, the release continued.According to the release, the global tobacco epidemic kills more than seven million people each year, of which close to 900,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.“In Jamaica 23 per cent of deaths is attributable to cardiovascular disease and currently, the Ministry of Health spends $22 billion on NCDs (non-communicable diseases) of which tobacco smoking is an underlying factor,” the release said.The release said, too, that advocacy group, Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, endorses this years’ WNTD theme and strongly advocates for the enactment of comprehensive tobacco control legislation which includes the ban on tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorship and the enforcement of current tobacco control regulations, as these will go a far way in addressing the health and economic issues which threaten the country’s national development. 18 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!
Preeminent and Global Digital publication puts spotlight on art by African, Caribbean & African American Artists Art BaselArt Basel/Miami Art Week is three weeks away and Sugarcane Magazine’s highly anticipated annual guide Black And Basel: Where To Find Black Art During Art Basel Miami Beach is set for release on November 29, 2017, on www.sugarcanemag.com.The rapid growth of black art within Art Basel and Miami Week is rich and key to the vibrant diversity of the cultural landscape, however not always widely known.Black art plays a vital roleCultural leader and influencer, Melissa Hunter Davis, Founder, and editor of Sugarcane Magazine is the architect of the annual guide. She is focused on ensuring that people know that black art plays a vital role in the landscape of the most significant art platforms that happens in Miami annually.The Black and Basel: Where to Find Black Art During Art Basel Miami Beach includes; independent events, exhibits by local artists, art fairs and galleries within premiere art fairs like Art Basel, NADA, Red Dot, and Pulse, where African, Caribbean & African -American artists are exhibiting their artwork.Also, the guide maps out where key Black and Caribbean satellite art fairs will take place. Some of those include, Art Africa Miami Arts Fair, Yeelen Gallery, Prizm Art Fair, Miami Urban Contemporary Experience.Map to guide shoppers This year a map will be included to help people plan out their Black Basel schedule. This guide is a significant tool for collectors, professionals, aficionados, and influencers who look to view and purchase art by African, African American and Caribbean artists.Sugarcane Magazine is an independent and black-owned, digital platform for visual and performing artists of Africa and the African Diaspora. The magazine has featured interviews with Hank Willis Thomas, Renee Cox, Nora Chipaumire, Carol Mallard of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Edwidge Danticat to name a few.Sugarcane Magazine is a part of Sugarcane Global Media, a boutique videography firm that works with non-profits, small corporations, podcasters, and artists. Sugarcane Global Media is also the official firm of Art Africa Miami and Prizm Art Fair 2017.