WHO mentioned that 88 international locations haven’t any minimal age at which e-cigarettes may be purchased and 74 international locations haven’t carried out any e-cigarette laws.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus known as on international locations to ramp up prevention measures, saying that “children are being recruited and trapped at an early age to make use of e-cigarettes and will get hooked to nicotine”.

Teen customers spiking

Youngsters aged 13 to fifteen worldwide are utilizing e-cigarettes at charges greater than adults, WHO analysis has discovered, and in the UK the variety of younger customers has tripled prior to now three years.

The UN well being company mentioned that the merchandise generate carcinogenic substances, improve the chance of coronary heart and lung issues and might have an effect on mind improvement.

WHO additionally warned that the tobacco business “funds and promotes false proof” to argue that e-cigarettes cut back hurt, whereas on the similar time “closely selling these merchandise to youngsters and non-smokers and persevering with to promote billions of cigarettes”.

Decline in vaccine protection prompts measles surge in Europe, Central Asia: UNICEF

Measles, a vaccine-preventable illness which weakens youngsters’s immune programs and may be deadly, is up by a staggering 3,200 per cent this 12 months in comparison with final in Europe and Central Asia, UN Youngsters’s Fund UNICEF mentioned on Thursday.

Some 30,600 circumstances have been confirmed within the area thus far in 2023 and UNICEF warned that numbers are anticipated to rise additional as a result of gaps in immunity as vaccination charges have dropped.

“There is no such thing as a clearer signal of a breakdown in immunisation protection than a rise in circumstances of measles”, UNICEF’s director for the area Regina De Dominicis mentioned, calling for pressing public well being measures to guard youngsters from the harmful illness.

The best charges of measles circumstances in Europe and Central Asia have been recorded in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Romania. An estimated 931,000 youngsters within the area missed out fully or partially on routine immunisation from 2019 to 2021.

UNICEF highlighted that the speed of immunisation with the primary dose of the measles vaccine dropped from 96 per cent in 2019 to 93 per cent in 2022.

The UN company attributes the drop in protection to shrinking demand for vaccines “partly fuelled by misinformation and distrust” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, disruption to well being companies and weak major healthcare programs amongst different elements.

Lebanese youngsters pressured to hunt work, as crises rage on

The affect of Lebanon’s unrelenting, overlapping crises continues to worsen, more and more robbing youngsters of their training and forcing many into little one labour, UNICEF warned on Thursday.

The youngsters’s company mentioned in a brand new survey based mostly on information from final month that folks are merely struggling to remain afloat, having to make do with ever-diminishing sources.

The evaluation reveals additional deterioration in nearly each side of youngsters’s lives, because the four-year-long disaster stemming from financial disaster, political turmoil and the Beirut port explosion, exhibits no signal of abating.

The company mentioned the emotional burden is especially heavy in conflict-affected southern Lebanon and amongst Palestinian youngsters.

Eroding childhood

“This horrible disaster is eroding the childhood of tons of of 1000’s of youngsters, by way of a number of crises not of their making,” mentioned Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Consultant in Lebanon. “Its severity is crushing youngsters’s goals, and taking away their studying, their happiness and their future.”

Greater than 1 / 4 of households mentioned they’d school-aged youngsters who weren’t attending courses, up from 18 per cent in April this 12 months.

Making issues worse, a number of dozen colleges in southern Lebanon have been closed since October as a result of an intensification of hostilities throughout the Israeli border, affecting greater than 6,000 college students.

Skyrocketing costs and widespread poverty are persevering with to power households to take determined measures simply to afford one meal per day and primary shelter.

Work, not faculty

The variety of households sending youngsters out to work to complement family earnings, rose to a stunning 16 per cent, from 11 per cent in April.

Greater than eight in 10 households (84 per cent) needed to borrow cash or purchase on credit score to buy important grocery gadgets; that’s a 16 per cent improve over six months, the survey signifies.

And greater than eight out of 10 households lowered spending on well being remedy, up from 75 per cent.

The deprivations and uncertainty are taking a heavy toll on youngsters’s psychological well being too, with nearly 4 in 10 households saying their youngsters are anxious, and 24 per cent saying they’re depressed each day.

World Points Information with Newsmaac


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