Parents are being encouraged to speak with their children seriously on the issue of smoking.
The Minister of Health Terrance Deyalsingh is pleading with parents to educate their children about the dangers of smoking.
He issued this message on World Tobacco Day.
According to Deyalsingh, approximately 21 per cent of people in T&T who use tobacco are between the ages of 15 to 64.
He added that the ministry plans to roll out a no-smoking campaign entitled, “Healthy lifestyle alternatives to smoking 2023.”
The campaign will include digital advocacy and a community gardening initiative which will be launched at the Siparia Community Centre, and will target patients of smoking cessation clinics, as well as former smokers.
Deyalsingh also reminded citizens of the dangers of smoking, such as the risk of developing heart disease, hypertension and lung cancer.