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Asia marks World No Tobacco Day

06-01-2011 15:32 BJT

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As globe marks World No Tobacco day, the World Health Organization is trying to highlight the health risks associated with smoking by advocating policies to curb tobacco consumption.

During this year's celebration, many Asian countries are showing off their own campaigns to kick the bad habit.

On World No Tobacco day, Asia is saying no to smoking.

In the Philippine capital Manila, a smoking ban is being enforced in public places, where one in three Filipinos consume an average of 10 cigarettes a day.

Trained enforcers were deployed to find violators, who will be fined 12 US dollars, or be subjected to eight hours of community service.

However, some smokers say the ban limits their freedoms.

Samuel Tan, office worker, said, "They should also respect people who smoke. It's like we are being confined in a box. Everything is not allowed. They should also respect us. It's give and take."

During this year's celebration, many Asian countries are showing off their own campaigns
to kick the bad habit.

In the South Korean Capital Seoul, people are showing more enthusiasm for the event, as activists took to the streets to raise public awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco.

South Korea has expanded support for anti-tobacco projects such as putting warning messages on cigarette boxes, and expanding non-smoking areas. But there are still more than 10 million smokers in the country, about 20 percent of the country's population.

And in India, people carried out various activities against tobacco consumption, with school children wearing skull masks warning against the dangers of smoking. Some even burned large models of cigarettes.

The WHO says tobacco use is the second leading cause of death globally, and is responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.

The habit is increasingly being taken up by teenagers despite their knowledge of the risks of smoking.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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