"Smoking Kills" the message delivered by WHO and Ministry of Health to the National Parliament

On August 27th, 2014, Dr. Jorge Mario Luna, WHO Representative, gave a presentation to National Parliament Committee “F” members and senior government advisors on the urgent need to take action in the fight against tobacco. Over 70 % of men use tobacco in Timor-Leste, which is one of the highest prevalence rates in the world. Not only adults, but Timorese children, are at risk of a lifelong addiction, tobacco related illnesses and death, if current trends prevail. According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey conducted in 2013, 48.4% of children aged between 13 and 15 are smokers in Timor-Leste.