Hanoi responds to World No Tobacco Day

Updated at Thursday, 24 May 2018, 09:35
The Hanoitimes - The Hanoi People’s Committee has recently granted Official Letter No. 2170/UBND-KGVX, strengthening the enforcement of Anti-Smoking Law and responding to the World No Tobacco Day (May 31) in the City.
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Under the Official Letter, the Municipal People’s Committee asked departments, sectors, agencies and People’s Committee’s of districts, towns to continue carrying out the Plan on tobacco harm prevention and control for the 2017-2018 period to all organizations and subordinate units; consolidating Steering Boards for tobacco harm prevention and control in localities.
Departments, sectors and press agencies are tasked to strengthen the popularization of regulations of Law on Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms in working places, medical facilities, hotels, restaurants, bus stations and on public traffic vehicles.
The popularization should be focused on the responsibilities and rights of leaders of agencies, organization and localities as well as citizens’ rights and obligations in preventing tobacco harms; regulations on banning tobacco advertisements and promotion under any form; and tobacco harms for public health and significance of  implementing smoke-free environment and models.
Moreover, departments, sectors, agencies and People’s Committee’s of districts, towns will take the contents of tobacco harm prevention and control into their yearly plans and regulations on banning smoking into working rules of agencies, units; promote the movement of building cultural - healthy villages in association with building residential communities without smokers and smoke-free residential areas.
More efforts must be made to enhance inspection and compliance of regulations on banning smoking in working places, restaurants and on traffic vehicles as stipulated by law; establish inter-sectorial inspection teams in the area; cooperate with sectors of health, culture to organize meetings, conferences and series of activities in response to the World No Tobacco Day (May 31), and No Smoke Week.
Anh Kiet