Secondary schools targeted on World No Tobacco Day

The message is being emphasized that smoking is harmful in any form, as Dominica joins the international community in observing World No Tobacco Day on Thursday.

Local officials are focusing their attention on discouraging the use of tobacco and marijuana, as they participate in the initiative sponsored by the World Health Organisation to reduce tobacco use across the globe “in an effort to improve public health for all” according to a release from the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry says it is, this year,  targeting the Secondary School Population from first form to third form.

“The objective is to create awareness among school children on the effects of smoking in an effort to reduce the incidences of smoking among the school children,” its release states.

The number of young people exposed to tobacco smoking is declining, according to a Ministry of Health Survey conducted during the years 2000, 2004 and 2009.

The figure has moved from 28 per cent to 26 per cent and 25 per cent consecutively during these three years focused on.

However data  from a 2009  Global Youth Survey conducted among school aged students indicate that there has been an increase in the usage of both marijuana and tobacco.

It shows that “tobacco use increased from 19.3 per cent in 2000 to 25.3 per cent in 2009. Use of marijuana increased from 18.2 per cent in 2002 to 29.5 per cent in 2006”.

Tobacco use is described as being among the leading preventable causes of death.

“Each year, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people, including more than 600,000 who die from exposure to second-hand smoke. In CARICOM about 30 per cent of male and 15 per cent female deaths are due to smoking,” the Health Ministry says.

It also warns that “marijuana use causes a number of social and health problems, such as mental illness, lung inflammation, family problems and poor school performance”.

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  1. Playboy
    June 1, 2012

    No deaths from marijuana, I notice.
    And marijuana does NOT cause, but may unmask, a mental illness in someone at risk. Let’s get it right.

  2. bright kid
    May 31, 2012

    smokin sin’t good for anyone illegal drugs isn’t bad don’t go on the block and and take a pool of grass .if they tell u it will make u smatter just say no.just walk away.

  3. Afro-Muslim Diaspora
    May 31, 2012

    Come, worship Allah alone and render not your deeds vain. If one has fear and consciousness of Allah all these drug issues will be abated in sha Allah.

  4. Anonymous
    May 31, 2012

    Don’t smoke the ganja make sugar cake and cake and tea with it u will still get the hi and u will not be burning out your lungs thanks Say no to drugs no smoking pls

  5. me
    May 31, 2012

    it should have a world smoke herbs day,DNO not going to publish this

  6. too hard too long
    May 31, 2012

    All didn’t get the message? Tobacco is not the problem. Ganja is the problem. Hold a NO GANJA DAY instead.

    • too hard too long
      June 1, 2012

      I was jus being sakastic, too much Tobacco in de ganga. Tobacco is the problem.

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