The Dominican Republic demands 100% smoke free environmentsStodomingo100libretabaco
One quarter of deaths due to second-hand smoke are in children.

The Dominican Foundation for Obesity and Cardiovascular Prevention (FUNDO) and its Dominican Anti-tobacco Alliance (ADAT) demanded today that the Dominican Republic have 100% smoke-free environments as a way to fulfill the right of non-smokers to breathe clean air free of contamination.

Dr. Samuel Ramos, vice president of FUNDO, explained that every year tobacco kills more than 7 million people around the world, of which around 900,000 have never smoked but have been exposed to second-hand smoke. Worse still, a quarter of those killed by second-hand smoke are children.

In regard to our country, annually more than 6,410 people are killed by diseases caused by tobacco. More than 11,100 children and more than 871,000 adults continue to use tobacco every day.

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