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Levuka Declared Tobacco Free Town

Government, through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared Levuka Town as the 6th municipality to pledge its commitment to the tobacco free initiative. This is in partnership
03 May 2017 15:12
Levuka Declared Tobacco Free Town

Government, through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared Levuka Town as the 6th municipality to pledge its commitment to the tobacco free initiative.

This is in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO).

Levuka is the first town to join the tobacco-free initiative this year with five municipalities like Nadi, Lautoka, Suva, Nasinu, Labasa and Savusavu.

This is part of the ministry’s initiative to curb the non-communicable diseases and its key factors like smoking and tobacco use.

As such, an official programme was held yesterday in Ovalau whereby Levuka Town and the Bureta community hall in particular have been declared as tobacco free zone.

The official launching of the programme was done by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar and World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Young-soo.

The initiative is supported by the Roko Tui Ovalau, Saimoni Dobui and Roko Tui Lomaiviti Ratu Penijamini Tokaduadua and Ratu Jone Davila, Turaga-na-Ratu-i-Bureta.

The Tobacco Control Unit of the Ministry of Health collaborated with the local authorities such as the Levuka Town Council, Levuka Provincial Council to consult and co-ordinate awareness sessions with the Levuka communities before the launching of the Tobacco Free Programme.

The official ceremony to commemorate Levuka as a tobacco-free initiative has been marked through the unveiling of the billboard erected on both ends of the town.

The message displayed in big bold letters on the billboard reads as “Support Tobacco Free Levuka historical port town”. This conveys the commitment taken by the leaders and the people of Levuka to complement the ministry’s vision of creating a tobacco free environment.

Ms Akbar emphasised on Fiji’s progress in tobacco control efforts particularly in terms of the development of laws, policies and strong enforcement mechanisms. The Health Minister also highlighted the data on smoking incidences in Fiji.

“The Fiji non-communicable disease STEPS survey in 2011 revealed a national smoking prevalence rate of 31 per cent with the rate among males, at 47 per cent being more than three times the rate among females. The 2010 Fiji Global School-based Health Survey (GSHS) showed that tobacco use was common with almost two thirds of the students surveyed having tried smoking before turning 14.

Dr Shin commended Fiji’s intensified effort to achieve a healthy islands vision.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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