18 Aug 2009

Fewer reported cases of student drug and cigarette use in Fiji

9:31 pm on 18 August 2009

Fiji's ministry of educations says fewer students are smoking cigarettes and taking drugs compared to two years ago.

According to the Education Ministry's National Substance Abuse Advisory Council, drug-related offences in schools have declined by 44 per cent.

Fijilive reports it said 147 marijuana cases were reported to the Ministry of Education in 2007, but this dropped to 80 in 2008.

Similarly, reported cases of cigarette smoking amongst students also dropped by 4 per cent.

The ministry has attributed the decline to the concerted effort of those involved in awareness programmes targeting students.