World anti-to­bacco day spurs national crack­down

Viet Nam News - - National -

HAØ NOÄI — A ban on to­bacco ad­ver­tis­ing, pro­mo­tion and spon­sor­ship would be a pri­or­ity in Vieät Nam in an ef­fort to re­duce the high cost of health care and hu­man suf­fer­ing caused by to­bacco use, said Vice Min­is­ter of Health Nguyeãn Th Xuyeân.

Xuyeân was speak­ing at a meet­ing on Satur­day in Ha Noi to mark World No To­bacco Day (May 31) and to launch National No To­bacco Week (May 25-31).

“Vieät Nam’s mem­ber­ship of the Frame­work Con­ven­tion on To­bacco Con­trol and the adop­tion of the Law on To­bacco Harms Preven­tion and Con­trol has demon­strated the coun­try’s com­mit­ment and de­termi- na­tion to pro­tect peo­ple’s health from smok­ing,” said Xuyeân.

This year’s day aimed at un­mask­ing the to­bacco in­dus­try ’ s strat­egy to broaden its mar­ket and in­crease the num­ber of smok­ers, Xuyeân pointed out.

She called for close co­op­er­a­tion with the health sec­tor to im­ple­ment the Law on To­bacco Harms Preven­tion and Con­trol through com­mu­ni­ca­tion cam­paigns on the harm­ful ef­fects of to­bacco.

She also asked that the law ban­ning to­bacco in work places and pub­lic ar­eas to be strictly en­forced.

The health sec­tor an­nounced it would fo­cus its ac­tiv­i­ties on in­spec­tions and strength­en­ing the pub­lic’s aware­ness on to­bacco harm preven­tion.

All vi­o­la­tions of to­bacco ad­ver­tise­ment and smok­ing ban laws would be treated strictly, it said.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion said to­bacco use was among the main causes of dis­ease and death in the world, with nearly 6 mil­lion dy­ing each year. It was es­ti­mated that the num­ber would in­crease to 8 mil­lion by 2030.

Vieät Nam has a high in­ci­dence of dis­ease and fa­tal­i­ties due to smok­ing, with more than 40,000 to­bacco- re­lated deaths recorded ev­ery year. —

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