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Bach Mai Hospital opens consultancy centre for smokers

Update: September, 16/2015 - 13:00
People and smokers can also access consulting and support services given by health experts at the hotline 1800-6606 from 8am to 10pm daily, except public holidays. — Photo The Anh
HA NOI (VNS) — The country's first centre and hotline to provide free consultancy and support for people to stop smoking opened today at Bach Mai General Hospital in Ha Noi.

Located in the country's largest hospital, the centre can be easily accessed by a large number of smokers, especially addicts.

People and smokers can also access consulting and support services 
given by health experts at the hotline 1800-6606 from 8am to 10pm daily, except public holidays.

The centre's establishment is part of the health ministry and the Fund for Tobacco Harm Reduction's efforts to control the negative effects of tobacco use in Viet Nam. It is also a simple and an easy way to provide access to smokers, and an effective communication channel to raise people's awareness on reducing the harmful effects of tobacco.

The health ministry statistics showed that smoking among adult males 
reduced to 47.7 per cent in 2010, compared to 56.1 per cent in 2001. The smoking rate among juveniles aged between 13 and 15 years also fell from 3.3 per cent in 2007 to 2.5 per cent in 2014.

According to the World Health Organisation, tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers who die from passive smoking.

In Viet Nam, tobacco claims more than 40,000 lives yearly, and healthcare costs and productivity loss due to tobacco use are estimated at more than US$1 billion per year. — VNS

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