Vietnam hosts 2nd ASEAN seminar on tobacco control

09:50, May 12, 2011      

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The second ASEAN seminar on tobacco control was held here on Wednesday, attracting representatives of nine out of ten ASEAN member countries, and some international organizations.

After ten years implementing the national policies on prevention of tobacco harm, Vietnam has achieved positive results. The rate of male smokers reduced from 56.1 percent in 2001 to 47.7 percent in 2010, Vietnamese Vice Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen addressed the conference.

Xuyen said Vietnam has set up measures to reduce tobacco harm, including prohibiting smoking at public facilities, raising tobacco tax for all cigar products up to 65 percent of the finished products, and launching national-scale no-smoke weeks. However, Vietnam needs closer cooperation from international organizations, including ASEAN member countries.

So far, 172 countries, including nine out of ten ASEAN member countries, have ratified the framework convention on tobacco control.

At the conference, ASEAN member countries pledged to become non- smoking countries, with no-smoke in offices in the next five years, print warning of tobacco harm on the cigar boxes and advertisement on tobacco.

Source: Xinhua
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