IIRRT launches its smoking awareness campaign
May 31st 2020 was World No Tobacco Day. The IIRRT supports the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and supports the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) international campaign “Radiography is a non-smoking profession”. This is an awareness-raising campaign seeking to make the next generation of the professions non-smoking. The IIRRT has decided to initiate its own campaign in support of the ISRRT’s international campaign and has designed our own poster in response.
Statistics from research undertaken by the Irish Cancer Society indicates that:
- 3 out of 5 people in Ireland have smoked at some point in their lives
- 92 out of 100 smokers know that smoking causes lung cancer
- Only 41 out of 100 smokers know that lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer
- Over 7 in 10 smokers have never spoken with a doctor about their lung health
Despite this, the risks associated with smoking are great and well documented. Half of all smokers will die from smoking-related diseases and lung cancer is the biggest killer. In Ireland, it is estimated that over 6000 people die each year as a direct result of smoking or due to exposure to second-hand smoke. In 2015, there were also an estimated 205,100 hospital admissions (inpatient and outpatient admissions and day-case appointments) attributable to smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke.
Smoking is the single biggest risk factor for lung cancer. The infographic below highlights the risk factors and symptoms associated with lung cancer. It also highlights the diagnosis and treatment pathways of lung cancer patients of which radiographers and radiation therapists play such a pivotal role.
Please support the IIRRT in our campaign to raise awareness of the risks of smoking within the profession by downloading the IIRRT and ISRRT posters below and displaying and promoting them within your departments.