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Tobacco Control Unit

The Tobacco Control Unit was created with the mandate for ensuring that the appropriate legal framework, policies and relevant structures are in place to facilitate tobacco control measures in order to protect the health and safety of our citizens, whilst simultaneously contributing to policy at the international level.

Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the world.

Did you know that:

  • This year, tobacco will kill more than five million people in the world– more than tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined?
  • By 2030, the death toll will exceed eight million a year?.
  • Tobacco could kill one billion people during this century?
  • Second hand smoke can also lead to a range of diseases, such as coronary heart disease and lung cancer?
     ---World Health Organisation (WHO)

The tobacco epidemic currently kills 5.4 million people a year from lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. More than 80 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, resulting also in a less productive workforce and inevitable rising health care costs.


Trinidad and Tobago joins the world in fighting the tobacco epidemic.

As a signatory to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Trinidad and Tobago is committed to protecting the health of our population by joining the fight against the tobacco epidemic. 

Having reviewed the devastating health, social and economic effects of tobacco and exposure to tobacco smoke on individuals and families and the costs to society, to the environment, and the socio-economic development potential of the nation, the Government passed the Tobacco Control Act 2009 in December 2009.

The Tobacco Control Act will be proclaimed and enforced in phases, starting from February 17, 2010 (Ash Wednesday 2010).

The Ministry of Health encourages all citizens to get informed about the health effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke, as well as the legislation and how it will affect them.

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