Village declared a tobacco free zone

Vunivau village head Isoa Baleirotuma and children pose at their newly erected 'Tobacco-free' declaration board. Picture LUKE RAWALAI

VILLAGERS of Vunivau outside Labasa Town had a reason to celebrate over the weekend after their village hall was declared a tobacco free zone including homes in the village.

Speaking after the declaration on Saturday, Vunivau Village headman Isoa Baleirotuma said the initiative had received the nod from villagers.

Mr Baleirotuma said since 2016 the village had been talking about declaring homes and the village hall a tobacco free zone.

This year, Mr Baleirotuma said the 47 villagers finally decided to declare their homes tobacco free meaning that smoking was prohibited within their houses.

“Villagers have agreed to also lessen smoking and the consumption of yaqona as they now realise that money spent on such activities could be invested towards useful efforts,” he said.

“Today (Saturday) villagers have agreed that we will have specifically designated smoking zones around the village and even during village functions.”

Assistant roko tui Macuata Litiana Ratuvuki commended the efforts by the villagers saying they were trendsetters.

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