Adventists in Chile Raise Awareness about the Harms of Smoking

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Hundreds in Chile marched in honor of World No-Tobacco Day on May 25, 2019 to raise awareness about the link between smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease that affects a high percentage of smokers. Adventist church members of Buin, joined by church supporters, marched for health in the city center of Buin, delivering over 1,000 missionary books about family and health. Hundreds of invitations were given to people to come on the same day to the central square for a free lung screenings. Pastor Hernán Amigo Abarca reported that “church members and health professionals had a stand at the city center sharing about the benefits of the eight laws of health, inviting people to the screening and then referring those in need for further health service and treatment at no cost.” He added that, “in collaboration with the Municipality of Buin, many of the resident population received this benefit and were deeply grateful to the church.” This is the second year that the church sponsored the No-Tobacco Day, and many of the visitors started attending the church looking to learn more about Jesus.

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