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Ministry of Health Commemorates World No Tobacco Day 2014 Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Belmopan. May 27th, 2014. The National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) of the Ministry of Health invites the public to join us as we commemorate World No Tobacco Day on May 30th, 2014. This year we will celebrate the day through public awareness activities focusing on the negative effects of tobacco consumption and other ‘No Tobacco’ initiatives to encourage voluntary adoption by communities to live in a smoke free environment. |

 The theme this year is “Raise taxes on Tobacco”. Under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO/FCTC), countries are encouraged to implement tax and price policies as a way to reduce tobacco consumption. An increase in excise tax is considered one of the most cost effective tobacco control measures. 

Activities for World No Tobacco Day will be conducted through NDACC district offices simultaneously on May 30th. Information booths will be in front of office space locations in Belize City, Dangriga Town and Orange Walk Town from 9am to 3pm. San Ignacio and Santa Elena will have a booth at Public Service information Day at the San Ignacio Welcome Center and Belmopan will setup at the market square location. San Pedro/ Caye Caulker, Toledo and Corozal will be at the Central Park in their respective towns with information booths for the public. At select booths, the public will have the opportunity to participate in small surveys conducted by the Research and Information Office. This data will be used to gather information on the perception of tobacco consumption, second hand smoking and the creation of smoke free spaces. 

We encourage the public to visit the information booths and participate in the activities for World No Tobacco. Information will be available on the harmful effects of Tobacco, Cessations Programs, Second-hand Smoking and the work the Ministry of Health is doing in the area of policy development and creation of smoke free areas.