PAPUA New Guinea is preparing legislation to control rampant tobacco use, with a survey revealing that 42% of high school children smoke regularly.
Acting Health Secretary Elva Lionel said in a speech at Gordon Secondary School in Port Moresby to mark World No Tobacco Day: “Children as young as 10 years old are smoking. Where is this country heading?”
The cabinet is considering legislation to control tobacco use, and to halt access to cheap smuggled cigarettes.
The World Bank, with the backing of Australian Aid, launched a report yesterday on tobacco use, which said PNG was one of the 10 countries with the highest use per person.