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Phu Yen launches anti-smoking campaign

Update: October, 30/2015 - 17:22
The southern Phu Yen Province launched an anti-smoking campaign in Tuy Hoa City this morning. — Photo tinmoi.vn

PHU YEN (VNS) — The southern Phu Yen Province launched an anti-smoking campaign in Tuy Hoa City this morning.

The event was organised by the provincial People's Committee in co-ordination with the Fund for Tobacco Harm Prevention of the Health Ministry, the provincial Youth Association and Health Department.

At the ceremony held to launch the campaign, Dr Dang Phuc Liem, a representative of the fund, said all officers, employees and people should join hands to create a smoke-free environment in the province. 

He said the province should strengthen communication activities to 
raise awareness of officers, employees, students and residents about the harmful effects of tobacco and the benefits of a smoke-free environment.

The representatives of various units later signed a commitment 
to work for a smoke-free environment in their units. More than 200 youth members and young people marched through the main streets of the city to make people aware of the dangers of tobacco.

Statistics from the health ministry show that there are 33 million 
non-smokers in the country, who are exposed to tobacco smoke at home, with two-thirds of them being women and children. 

Five million people suffer from exposure to tobacco smoke in offices.

Viet Nam is among 15 countries that have the highest smoking rates in the world. — VNS

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