Cook Islands

Smokefree legislation/initiatives

The Tobacco Control Act 2007 prohibits smoking in healthcare, education and government facilities, on public transport, public places and workplaces. However, smoking is allowed in private workplaces and inter-island boats. Smoking is allowed in up to 30% of the area in restaurants and bars. In June 2009 smoking will be totally prohibited in bars and restaurants. Smokefee legislation is not monitored.

Smokefree resources available in 2009

SEATCA www.seatca.org Includes Asia Pacific Report Card: WHO FCTC Articles 6,8, 11 & 13 (October 2008).

Cook Islands Tobacco Working Group.
Women’s Christian Fellowship provides strong support for tobacco control.

Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials (2008)

Lack resources for public education.
Health inspectors have been given training in enforcement.

Needs related to implementing smokefree policies (2008)

Expert assistance in reassessing smokefree policies and implementation.

Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8 (2008)

Lack of funds for raising awareness of health effects of secondhand smoke i.e. printed materials, television and radio advertising, billboard advertising

First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Health Service Food and Human Resources: Discount Cigarette

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