Honiara : 1 June 2017
Letter to the Editors, Solomon Star and Island Sun Newspapers.
I am encouraged that the Prime Minister Sogavare has taken a stand on smoking by calling on people in the Solomon Islands to stop smoking and to wait for the DCCG to enforce its tobacco regulations.
The PM was speaking yesterday at the official launch in Honiara of ‘World No Tobacco Day.’
The Prime Minister said during his address, “It is not only Governments who can step up the tobacco control effort, people can contribute on an individual level to making a sustainable tobacco free world.”
He also reminded smokers to think about tobacco related deaths and losses on families, communities and the nation.
Coincidentally, I was present at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok yesterday morning, Wednesday, when ‘World No Tobacco Day’ was marked with a display in the hospital’s main lobby.
I am a non-smoker, always have been, but if I had been a smoker, I would have been horrified by the display of diseased and blackened body organs displayed in glass containers as evidence of the affect smoking had resulted in such, real, mummified body exhibits.
I came away from that display with clear, undisputed evidence that smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness worldwide.
Every year around 100,000 people in the UK alone die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.