Tougher smoking measures in 2013?
Health chiefs are expecting a new wave of measures in 2013 to try and cut deaths in the Canary Islands as a direct result of smoking.
They are happy that tough new anti-tobacco laws seem to be working but say smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death in Spain and worldwide, causes around 5.5 million deaths. Smoking now claims more lives than road accidents and even when this tally is added to deaths from drug use and violence, it still comes nowhere near the to-bacco tally.
Health chiefs in the Ca-naries say it is now even easier to quit smoking because a wide range of help is available from professionals, both from a physical and pyschological aspect.
Although the archipelago is seeing a downward trend in the number of adult smokers, there has been a slight increase in teen smokers and serious problems are being caused to families by those addicted to tobacco. Some youngsters are starting to smoke as early as eleven years of age.
Inspections carried out by the Canary Government to make sure premises are adhering to the anti-tobacco laws reveal that compliance is more than 90%.