Tobacco control trainers complete 3-day workshop

POSTED: 09/18/12 12:55 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Eight tobacco control trainers completed training by the Pan American Health Organization (Paho) recently as part of Public Health Minister De Weever’s hundred percent smoke free schools initiative.
The workshop represented another major step forward in the implementation of the World Health Organization’s framework convention on tobacco control. This framework demands measures to reduce tobacco dependency and stop smoking initiatives. Promoting public awareness about tobacco control issues is also part of this program.

Dr. Adriana Blanco, an advisor in tobacco control at Paho in Washington DC, conducted the three-day workshop.
The government wants to have all schools in St. Maarten smoke free by 2014.
“Paho and Sint Maarten are working together in many areas to improve overall health care. I would like to thank the facilitator of this workshop and I know we can all benefit from tobacco cessation,” Minister Cornelius de Weever said yesterday.
The trainers are now prepared to sensitize and inform partners and stakeholders in health about tobacco control, and to support stop-smoking activities.

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