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‘Young Adults Make Up Highest Number Of Smokers In Fiji’

Tobacco is the fourth most common risk factor for the increase in NCDs worldwide: Assistant Health Minister Fiji’s non-communicable disease (NCDs) steps survey 2011 revealed the highest number of current
01 Jun 2017 11:00
‘Young Adults Make Up Highest Number Of Smokers In Fiji’
Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor (with garland), during the World No Tobacco Day celebration at Matainasau Village, Muaira Tikina in Naitasiri on May 31, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Tobacco is the fourth most common risk factor for the increase in NCDs worldwide: Assistant Health Minister

Fiji’s non-communicable disease (NCDs) steps survey 2011 revealed the highest number of current smokers are younger adults between ages of 25 to 34 years.

This was highlighted by Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor during the World No Tobacco Day celebration at Matainasau Village, Muaira Tikina in Naitasiri, yesterday.

He said smoking is prevalent among young people.

“The 2016 Fiji Global School-based Health Survey (GSHS) showed percentage of students (13-17 years) who currently smoked cigarette stood at 12.2 per cent with males higher at 17.1 per cent and females 7.1 per cent.

“But when compared to GSHS survey of 2010 the overall percentage of smoking among students aged 13 to 7 years have decreased from 13.1 per cent with males decreasing from 18.1 per cent and females decreasing from 7.9 per cent.

“It is positive to note that general trend from 2002 to 2011 indicate that the overall prevalence rate among adults has significantly dropped from 38 per cent to 30.8 per cent in Fiji.

“Tobacco is the fourth most common risk factor for the increase in NCDs worldwide,” Mr O’Connor said.

In Fiji, parts of Labasa Town, Savusavu Town, Nadi Town, Nasinu Town, Lautoka City, and Suva City have been declared tobacco-free.

Also, in total there are six tobacco free villages: Nabukaluka and Nakorosule in Naitasiri, Nabila and Cuvu in Nadroga, Nabiti and Lutukina in Macuata and 53 tobacco-free village community halls in Fiji.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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