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100 Fijians die annually due to lung cancer: WER

July 30, 2018 12:59 am

The recent World Expectancy Report reveals that close to one hundred Fijians die annually to lung cancer.

Health Ministry’s Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit says one of the major contributors to the killer disease is smoking.

Unit’s Volunteer Apaiata Durusolo says Fiji’s recent initiative to increase the local excise and import excise duty on cigarettes by 15 percent is a step in the right direction.

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Durusolo adds it is vital to discourage teenagers from smoking as it leads to many forms of diseases.

“First of all it’s a really good thing as it will reduce the amount of people that smoke and it will discourage young people because of the expenses and it will reduce number of people that are affected because of smoking, it will reduce NCD’s and any other disease that smoking can be a fact of.”

Durusolo says lung cancer can be controlled but first, people need to realize the consequences of smoking

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