Cigarette smoking is blamed for a high seven percent rate of chronic bronchitis in Vietnamese men.
The Southeast Asian Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has welcomed an important decision of Vietnam’s National Assembly to approve the Law on Tobacco Control, saying it will safeguard community health.
Smoking is one of the primary causes of death and poverty in many countries around the globe, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.
If no effective measures are implemented, the number of people who die from smoking-related diseases every year will increase from the current 40,000 to 70,000 by 2030, said Minister of Health Nguyen Quoc Trieu.
A meeting was held in Hanoi on May 29 by the University of Public Health in coordination with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Vietnam to launch National No-Smoking Week.
A training course to raise public awareness on smoking prevention for 30 members of southern media organisations was held in Vung Tau city of southern coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau province on September 9.
Vietnam will pay huge costs to treat smoking-related diseases if drastic action is not taken right now, a conference in the central highland city of Da Lat has warned.