Smokers with a persistent cough are urged to get tested for TB

TB diagnosis

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: During the End-TB Summit in New Delhi, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate on 13th March, The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has re-launched“Cough,” a national mass media campaign to warn citizens about the links between TB and tobacco use.

“Cough” shows that tobacco consumption and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke increases the risk of TB and of dying from the disease. A key barrier diagnosis and treatment among smokers is the assumption that a cough is related to their smoking. This campaign encourages smokers to visit their doctor to confirm whether a persistent cough is a sign of TB.

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