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HCMC seeks to limit tobacco retail at public places

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HCMC seeks to limit tobacco retail at public places

Van Nam

HCMC – The HCMC government has asked its departments of industry-trade and planning-investment, as well as district-level authorities not to grant tobacco retail dealer’s permits at public places like hotels, restaurants, cafes and discos.

Besides, the city wants to raise public awareness against smoking at weddings, funerals and festivals.

The move is intended to enforce the Law on Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms in response to World No Tobacco Day on May 31.

Statistics of the Health Ministry show 96.8% of lung cancer patients in Vietnam smoke while findings of the Health Strategy and Policy Institute reveal smoking-related diseases and early mortalities account for 12% of the total.

Non-communicable diseases are estimated to make up 73% of the total death toll, and one key reason is widespread smoking in the country. Besides, smoking has adverse effects on the local economy, and is a cause of poverty, according to the World Health Organization.

Local residents spent a total of VND31 trillion (US$1.36 billion) on cigarettes a year. A further VND23 trillion (US$1.01 billion) was spent on treatment costs for five groups of diseases closely linked to smoking, as well as economic losses due to premature death and loss of labor caused by these diseases.

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