Consequences of tobacco use must be highlighted - IFP

2016-06-03 06:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called on government to raise awareness about the effects of smoking among pupils.
They asked that the awareness be part of the curriculum so the message reaches all pupils.
The IFP released the statement to mark World Tobacco Day which was on 30 May.
"Smoking is rife among school children and students in colleges and universities. There is a need to make these young people aware that tobacco is dangerous to their health and to those around them.
“They need to understand there is no need for them to start smoking in the first place and it is a habit that can be kicked once and for all with little effort.
The ill-effects of tobacco, especially smoking, should be part of the school curriculum so that awareness is generated from a young age," said IFP KZN provincial spokesperson on education, Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa.

"The IFP further calls for a ban on the sale of tobacco near schools. Cigarettes are marketed today to project a false image of success and a high-flying lifestyle, particularly among teenagers, making young people regard smoking as popular, mature and related to glamour.
“Teenagers are seen by the tobacco industry as future consumers and ideal targets in their marketing campaign. That's why we find a lot of cigarette outlets, especially spaza shops, near schools. It is difficult to control the sale of cigarettes to children at spaza shops and informal outlets.

"There is a need to collect nationwide data on the use of different forms of tobacco by children and adolescents.
“There is an urgent need to take effective steps, especially on launching community awareness programmes for pupils and the public to educate them about the consequences of tobacco use, and on assessing their effectiveness in curbing the problem," said Mthethwa. - Supplied.

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