According to the World Health Organization (WHO), involuntary (or passive) smoking is the exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) which is a mixture of exhaled mainstream smoke and side stream smoke released from a smoldering cigarette or other smoking device (cigar, pipe, bidi, etc.) and diluted with ambient air.

Involuntary smoking involves inhaling carcinogens and other toxic components that are present in second-hand smoke. Further, Article 8 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, adopted by all WHO Member States in May, 2003, reads:

"protection from exposure to tobacco smoke
1. Parties recognize that scientific evidence has unequivocally established that exposure to tobacco smoke causes death, disease and disability.
2  Each party shall adopt and implement in areas of existing national jurisdiction as determined by national law and actively promote at other jurisdictional levels the adoption and implementation of effective legislative, executive, administrative and/or other measures, providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces, public transport, indoor public places and, as appropriate, other public places."

Over the years, data collected on tobacco use in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines show that both adults and children are exposed to secondhand smoke. The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will host a series of meetings to raise awareness on the effects of tobacco use and to disseminate data as it pertains to tobacco use and the exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The meeting will be held from 9:00 am-10:00 am on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, at the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment Conference Room.

SOURCE: Ministry Of Health Wellness And The Environment

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Mr. Cuthbert Knights

Tel:(784) 457- 2586
Fax:(784) 457-2684


The Ministry of Health & the Environment is located on the first floor of the Government Ministerial Building, situated on Halifax Street.


Ministry of Health and the Environment
Ministerial Building
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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