Guam's tobacco use discussed

Written by Sabrina Salas Matanane
Published on Jan. 16, 2013

Guam - Committee chair on health Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. held a roundtable meeting last night on the prevalence of tobacco use in Guam with the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium Tobacco Prevention and Control Team. Discussions focused on different aspects of prevention as well as local law prohibiting smoking in a car when a child is present and the prohibition of smoking within 20 feet of an entrance or exit of a public place where smoking is banned.

Meanwhile, Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz wrote a resolution this week requesting the president and the Senate to ratify the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which is a treaty designed to strengthen tobacco regulations and increase awareness of the danger of tobacco's negative health effects worldwide. A public hearing on the resolution is set for January 24.