Illustrative image (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Health is planning to provide training on how to help local residents quit smoking for staff at ward- and commune-level People’s Committees. Dr Trinh Van Hiep, head of the municipal Department of Health’s the board on preventing harm caused by cigarette smoking, said that it’s difficult for many people to quit smoking even if they want to. Hiep said at a recent meeting on preventing the effects of cigarettes that smokers need assistance from wards and communes involved in the programme. After receiving consultations, smokers will be treated at eight hospitals in the city that provide this service, he said. Knowledge along with determination and assistance are the keys to quitting smoking, Hiep added. The city also wants more wards and communes to become smoke-free, Hiep said, adding that communication activities would be carried out at all households. Each family … [Read more...] about HCM City to enhance tobacco harm control
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(VOVworld) - Vietnam will share its experience in tobacco harm prevention at the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) in India from November 7-13. More than 2,000 delegates from 180 member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as well as the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations were brought together by the event. The Vietnamese delegation is led by Professor Nguyen Viet Tien, Deputy Minister of Health, and Head of the Fund for Tobacco Harm Prevention and Control. The Vietnamese delegation will share Vietnam’s accomplishments in the field, implementation of the Law on Prevention and Control of Tobacco’s Harmful Effects, a survey of tobacco use among adults, and an expansion of non-smoking city models. The Vietnamese delegation is expected to coordinate with the Convention Secretariat to host a symposium on gender-specific risks in applying tobacco control strategies. … [Read more...] about Vietnam shares experience in prevention of tobacco’s harmful effects
(VOVworld) – The Ministry of Health held a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday to mark World No Tobacco Day (May 31), and the National Non-Smoking Week from May 25 to 31. Vietnam is currently one of 15 countries with the highest number of smokers in the world. There is a smoker in every two young men above 15 years old. A global survey on smoking adults in Vietnam in 2010 indicated that male smokers accounted for 47% while female ones accounted for 1.4%. Two thirds of Vietnamese women and children often suffer from second-hand smoking while 33 million adults were exposed to passive smoking at home. Dr Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the Ministry of Health’s Program on Prevention of harmful effects of tobacco, spoke at the event: "Comprehensive solutions are expected to reduce the supplies of and demands for tobacco. We aim to reduce the number of adult smokers from 47.4% to 39%. We are working to ensure a healthy non-smoking environment at all schools, hospitals, offices, and … [Read more...] about Vietnam observes World No Tobacco Day
Earlier, the National Assembly focused on economic restructuring which is considered an urgent task. Nguyen Duc Kien, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Economic Committee, said there is a need to work out specific plans for financial market restructuring. Mr. Kien said of the Government’s 1.4 billion USD package to support enterprises, the key will be distributing and using this fund effectively: "We will support enterprises but not by every means. The State will promulgate a policy for applying the fund. Meanwhile, enterprises themselves must reform their operation and restructure their production with State support". During the afternoon, the NA debated the draft law to combat money laundering, which deals with the detection, prevention and the arrest and punishment of offenders, international cooperation to prevent money laundering and supporting terrors. Many deputies stressed on the urgent need to issue a law to combat money laundering. Some said that a clearer … [Read more...] about NA discusses draft laws on harmful effects of tobacco, money laundering (VOVworld) – National Assembly deputies today continued their discussion of a draft law on countering the harmful effects of tobacco at the ongoing third session of the 13th National Assembly. Most agreed that it is essential to establish a fund to mitigate tobacco’s effects, to define the responsibilities of tobacco companies and tobacco users, and to broaden the fight against tobacco.
(VOVworld) – A press conference to introduce a draft law on countering the harmful effects of tobacco and Vietnam’s response to No Smoking Week, from May 21 to 31, took place on Tuesday in Hanoi. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said that according to statistics, Vietnam suffers over 40,000 tobacco-related deaths every year, with fatalities to hit 70,000 by 2030. Moreover, two-thirds of non-smokers, most of whom are women and children, suffer from passive smoking at home and in public places. The Ministry of Health has submitted the draft law to deal with tobacco’s harmful effects and is being discussed at the ongoing session of the 13th National Assembly. Duong Ngoc Khue, head of the Health Examination and Treatment Department spoke at the event: "The draft law on countering tobacco’s harmful effects is based on the WHO’s measures to raise public awareness on the issue. Ministries, agencies and individuals are being encouraged to respond to the … [Read more...] about Vietnam responses to the World No Tobacco Day 2012