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WHO urges Asian countries to ban tobacco use

06-01-2011 15:40 BJT

The World Health Organization has urged Asian governments to pass and implement laws aiming to prevent premature deaths from tobacco-related diseases.

In observance of World No Tobacco Day, WHO officials for the Western Pacific region say such laws are crucial given the fact that smoking has put 900 million people in the region at risk. They may get tobacco-related illness such as lung cancer and heart disease.

The WHO estimates one in three cigarettes consumed globally is smoked in Asia Pacific countries. The socio-economic cost of tobacco use in the region is the "reason for alarm."

The World Health Organization has urged Asian governments to pass and implement laws
aiming to prevent premature deaths from tobacco-related diseases.

The WHO encourages governments in the region to use the provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as the basis for laws to ban indoor smoking, imposing higher taxes on tobacco products and enforcing a comprehensive ban on advertising, promotion and sponsorship of cigarettes.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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