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Niue could become world's first smoke-free nation
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10:40, July 03, 2008

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The South Pacific tiny island nation of Niue could become the world's first smoke free nation, Radio New Zealand International reported on Thursday.

Sitaleki Finau, the director of Niue's Department of Health, said the department has been working through the practicalities of becoming smoke free for some time.

Last year, Tuapa became the first village in Niue -- and possibly the world -- to declare itself smoke free.

Finau said the department would like to see other villages and individual homes follow suit.

"We're trying to get some other villages to buy into that and in fact one of the policies we're looking for is to see if we can make Niue the first smoke-free country," said Finau.

Finau said the banning of cigarettes would see a drop in government revenue due to the tobacco tax but that any losses would be more than off-set by savings in the health budget.

Niue has a population of 15,00 on the island.

Source: Xinhua



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