Bhutan con­ferred World No-To­bacco Day award

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Co­in­cid­ing with the World No-To­bacco Day, which is ob­served on 30 May ev­ery year, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als or or­ga­ni­za­tions in each of the six WHO re­gions for their ac­com­plish­ments in the area of to­bacco con­trol.

Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk, Min­is­ter of Health and the Chair­per­son of the Bhutan Nar­cotic Con­trol Authority (BNCA), has been con­ferred 2017 World No-To­bacco Day Award on 30th May 2017 for the na­tion’s ini­tia­tive in im­ple­ment­ing mea­sures to ban pro­duc­tion and sale of to­bacco in the coun­try.

The award is a fit­ting trib­ute to the fore­sight and wis­dom of our vi­sion­ary mon­archs, from whom the in­spi­ra­tion has been drawn to ban to­bacco in the coun­try. This award is ded­i­cated to all the stake­hold­ers and their col- lec­tive ef­forts in trans­lat­ing the to­bacco con­trol leg­is­la­tions into ac­tions. Par­tic­u­lar credit for this achieve­ment is en­dowed to the pol­icy mak­ers for shap­ing the To­bacco Con­trol Act 2010, the civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions (CSOs) and me­dia for im­ple­ment­ing the act and the De­part­ment of Rev­enue and Cus­toms, De­part­ment of Trade, Bhutan Agri­cul­ture and Food Reg­u­la­tory Authority (BAFRA), Royal Bhutan Po­lice and the Bhutan Nar­cotic Con­trol Agency (BNCA) for their strict en­force­ment and reg­u­la­tory func­tions.

The Min­istry of Health gives a spe­cial recog­ni­tion to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in their en­deav­our to ban to­bacco pro­duc­tion and trade in the coun­try. The achieve­ment is also sym­bolic of the wis­dom of the Bhutanese peo­ple in re­al­iz­ing the harm­ful ef­fects of the use of to­bacco. The award, there­fore, is a source of en­cour­age­ment and mo­ti­va­tion for the Min­istry to work even harder in erad­i­cat­ing the use and sale of to­bacco to im­prove the over­all health of the Bhutanese peo­ple.

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