Fiji is the only Pacific Island country that is signatory to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products, with the successful ratification of the treaty.

Assistant Health Minister Alex O ‘Connor addressing the audience on the occasion of the World No Tobacco day celebration at Karavi public school on Friday alerted the public that smoking in no way brings any benefit to all human beings.

Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor while officiating at the World No Tobacco Day in Ba on Friday and has urged smokers aged over 30 to get regular health checks.

Occorner says as they continue to expand the number of smoke-free settings and make the product less affordable, the Ministry also provide further support to smokers to cease from the addictive habit.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Service has established cessation services with the nursing staff across Fiji trained to deliver brief tobacco cessation interventions.

The Fijian Government continues to actively expand education and awareness programs about the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke in schools, with the Ministry of Education’s National Substance Abuse Advisory Council.

The Health Ministry is also actively working to scale up the declaration of tobacco free settings such as tobacco-free villages, tobacco free-community halls, tobacco-free markets, tobacco- free workplaces and tobacco- free health care facilities.

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