PNG to ban smoking in public places

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Medical workers in Papua New Guinea have welcomed a government move to crack down on smoking.

A ban on smoking in public places, and a move to stop the sale of the popular five-pack, are just some proposals to reduce smoking over the next few months, which the health minister said is a huge financial burden on PNG.

Ellie Winge, from Port Moresby General Hospital, said the situation will only get worse as the country’s population grows.

“What will happen to us in 20 years time, in 15 years time?”, she said.

“[The] health department and minister for health, they have to do something that has to be some sort of control in the country”.