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Do not smoke around children, warns health minister

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 7:33 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Health, Fenton Ferguson, is again warning of the dangers of second hand smoke, especially to children.

The Health Minister, who was addressing a health fair on Saturday, September 8, to mark Caribbean Wellness Day 2012, implored parents to be mindful of smoking around their children tobacco smoke in the air is just as dangerous as smoking directly.

He pointed out that six million persons are dying every year from cigarette smoking, while 600,000 persons die every year from being in the presence of smokers.

“I know you love your children, but many persons smoke the cigarette, blow the smoke in the children’s face and later on they become more susceptible to conditions related to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes and so on,” he said, pleading with parents to desist from the practice.

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