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General News of Sunday, 22 May 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Physicians call for increased taxes on tobacco products

The Society of Family Physicians of Ghana is advocating stricter legislation to increase taxes on tobacco products in order to curb what the group describes as rising interest in smoking among the youth.

Vice President of the society, Dr. Gerhard Ofori-Amankwah, says members have been critically examining a 2010 Ghana Youth Survey in which 7.7 percent of the youth in second cycle schools smoke.

He observes more tobacco-related diseases are being reported at the country’s health facilities. He was speaking at a ceremony to mark World Family Doctors Day in Kumasi.