Over 40,000 people die of smoking related diseases every year

Monday, 2018-05-28 10:33:56
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NDO - Vietnam currently ranks among the world’s top 15 countries with the heaviest tobacco consumption. The number of smokers is high with 45.3% of men smoking cigarettes and over 40,000 people die of smoking related diseases every year.

The information was released at a meeting to mark World No Tobacco Day (May 31) and National No Tobacco Week in the central city of Da Nang on May 27.

Tobacco kills seven million people each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to WHO, Vietnamese people spend up to VND31 trillion (US$1.36 billion) on cigarettes each year, while an annual VND24 trillion (US$1.05 billion) of the State budget is reserved for the new treatment of five disease groups out of the 25 diseases related to smoking.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien said the Vietnamese Government has committed to implementing strong controls on tobacco and reducing the number of smokers.

63 provinces and cities in Vietnam have developed non-smoking areas, while 1,200 training courses on non-smoking have been carried out, he said, adding that smoking bans were instituted at 1,200 schools nationwide.

The World No Tobacco Day, themed ‘Tobacco breaks hearts’, aims to raise awareness among young people on the harmful consequences of smoking and the medical risks, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle among the younger generation.