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January, 30 2014 10:00:00

Ha Noi pushes smoke-free zones in hotels, restaurants

People will not be allowed to smoke in restaurants and hotels. This year Ha Noi's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism wants to promote smoke-free areas, according to its vice director Mai Tien Dung. VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism wants to promote smoke-free restaurants and hotels this year, said the vice director of the department, Mai Tien Dung.

The department would encourage restaurants and hotels not to allow smoking in crowded areas and then, eventually, ban smoking at the larger ones.

The move is being made not only to improve the city's image in visitors' eyes, but also to conform with the nation's Law on Tobacco Harm-Reduction.

A representative from World Hospital Organisation's Office in Ha Noi, Le Duc Truong, said that many countries banned smoking in restaurants and hotels to ensure a healthy environment. Already, a few in Viet Nam also do the same.

At present, Ha Noi has 317 hotels, six hostels, five tourist apartment blocks and four luxury apartment blocks with a total of nearly 16,000 rooms.

Last year, the city received 2.5 million foreign visitors - 22.9 per cent higher than in 2012, nearly 14 million domestic visitors - 13 per cent higher than in 2012. This year, the number of foreign visitors is expected to increase by 15 per cent. — VNS

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