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In response to recent alarming media reports and the expressed concerns of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services regarding the illicit sale of tobacco products, including suki, to minors, Save the Children Fiji is calling on parents and guardians to exercise vigilant supervision and open communication with children under their care.

The discovery of a dangerous cocktail of toxic substances used by minors raises serious concern for their welfare and safety. It is imperative that adults responsible for the welfare of children recognize the potential repercussions faced by young individuals who consume these harmful substances. Such repercussions encompass a wide range of issues, including academic challenges, detrimental effects on physical and mental health, strained peer relationships, and exposes them to the juvenile justice system.

Children remain inherently vulnerable to exploitation, particularly when it comes to illicit drugs and associated activities. It is therefore the collective responsibility of society to safeguard children from such dangerous activities. Save the Children Fiji calls upon all parents and guardians to remain alert and proactive and swiftly respond to any noticeable changes in the behavior or well-being of their children.

The protection of our children is paramount, and it is incumbent upon us as a community to create a safe and nurturing environment for their growth and development. Save the Children Fiji urges immediate action by relevant authorities to prosecute those who are involved in the sale of tobacco products to minors and implores parents and guardians to actively engage with their children, providing guidance and support to safeguard their well-being.

Call the Child Helpline toll-free number 1325 available 24/7 or reach out to Save the Children Fiji on 3313178 to report any concerns with children.  

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