Fiji Time: 3:32 PM on Saturday 30 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Smoke-free plans for towns

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, May 31, 2014

PLANS are afoot to declare smoke-free zones in Labasa and Savusavu towns.

And as part of such efforts, officials from the two town councils met with personnel from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Health Ministry in the North this week to map out strategies for the initiative.

In an interview yesterday, WHO settings co-ordinator Peni Veilave said they were in the consultation phase where the plan was at its initial stages.

"We have already declared smoke-free zones in Suva and Nadi and now we have decided to visit the North to hold consultations with the responsible authorities there," he said.

"The first phase is to identify and declare spots as smoke-free zones.

"When things progress further, we are also looking into setting up booths for smokers in the two towns.

"We are working in accordance with the Tobacco Legislation 2010.

"Such an initiative is all part of efforts to ensure a healthier environment for all as smoking has been identified as the single leading cause of death globally."

Mr Veilave said the response from the public was overwhelming.

"With some places in Nadi and Suva being declared smoke-free zones, we have noted that people are becoming adherent to the law. They are smoking in the designated places and not at the non-smoking zones.

"While some have been produced in court for failing to adhere to the law, we have seen that there is an improvement in the number of people smoking in smoking- prohibited places."

Town special administrator Vijay Chand welcomed the idea, saying such a move would benefit of the people.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64150.6225
JPY 51.982948.9829
GBP 0.36900.3610
EUR 0.44000.4280
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65310.6281
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Father sent to jail
  2. 36pc for him
  3. Tiko warns 'lazy' tutors
  4. Warning against hate posts
  5. We are slaves, PM told
  6. NFP issues challenge
  7. Deans rugby: Suva Grammar secures semi-final spot
  8. PM draws TV trial period
  9. Day off for players
  10. State defends cane payment

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  2. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  3. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  5. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  6. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  7. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)
  8. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  9. Alarm over 'illegal' property purchases Tuesday (26 Jul)
  10. Chilling out in Chile Thursday (28 Jul)