Nearly 7 out
of 10 Tongan children say they were exposed to secondhand smoke in the past week.
Tobacco kills about half of all long-term smokers.
46% of males and 13% of females smoke in Tonga.These rates are among the highest in the world
7 out of 10 Tongan children say they have been exposed to secondhand smoke in the past week.
1. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. It kills about half of all long-term smokers.
2. 46% of males and 13% of females smoke in Tonga, with about 90% of this population smoking daily.
3. Tobacco causes cancer in almost every part of the body. It also causes other chronic illnesses such as heart and respiratory diseases, strokes, and blindness.
4. Smoking not only kills people, it causes serious illness and disability that prevents people from caring for their family and pushes them into poverty.
5. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can be harmful.
6. Secondhand smoke causes serious health problems to unborn babies and children. It also increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
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