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No more butts in Kala'au village PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 June 2011

tongasmokefree.jpgSmall in size, but big of heart, the village of Kala'au on the western side of Tongatapu in Tonga has taken a stand against tobacco smoking-related deaths, declaring itself a 'smoke-free' area, Matangi Online reports. Home for just 126 people, Kala'au hosted Tonga's No Tobacco Day on May 31. They were rewarded by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with free electricity, a cash payment and a lawnmower.

MOH revealed that 74 people died from cancer in Tonga in 2009 and about half these cases were tobacco-related. In the same year 182 people died from heart disease and strokes and 57 from lung disease. Many of these deaths have been linked to the effects of smoking. And people suffering from smoking-related diseases impact negatively on families and Tonga's health services budget.  

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 September 2011 )
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It's time to quit! PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

signature mail jmst en meilleure définition.jpgHealth workers throughout the region are raising their voices in warning about the dangers of tobacco smoking. Pacific Island countries and territories have marked World No Tobacco Day with special events and publicity including community information events, banners, posters, advertising and media coverage.  In New Caledonia, the WNTD poster (pictured) says ‘Want to quit? Maybe now is the right time.’

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 June 2011 )
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Smoking bans tightened in American Samoa, loosened in CNMI PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Wellington, New Zealand 19 January—American Samoa has banned smoking in public places while the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands (CNMI) has loosened restrictions on smoking in hotels and businesses.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 February 2011 )
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New measures to strengthen tobacco control PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 November 2010

UN News, Punta de Este, Uruguay, 22 November 2010—Parties to a United Nations convention on tobacco have adopted a number of new measures to strengthen the control of tobacco use worldwide, including regulating flavouring ingredients that increase attractiveness of tobacco products.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 November 2010 )
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Graphic images most effective PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 June 2010

WarningWorld No Tobacco Day on May 31 acted as a reminder for Pacific nations of the effectiveness of showing smokers graphic images of the physical effects of their habit. Adding these images to tobacco packaging is a well-tried method of discouraging people from smoking.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 November 2010 )
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