11 Jul 2013
The Cook Islands ratified the FCTC in 2004, and was the first Pacific Island country to produce and work toward a national Tobacco Control Action Plan. Areas where the country has made great strides in the past year include a tobacco tax increase and successful launch of a unique Blue Ribbon campaign.
Several countries participated in a World No Tobacco Day project designed to encourage sharing of information. Participating countries chose one of the letters W, N, T or D to display as part of their activities, along with a flag, which they photographed. The intention is to create a poster of tobacco control in the Pacific by “stitching” the photos together to spell out ‘WNTD 2013’.
A full report and pictures of activities in many of the countries in the region can be downloaded here.