Hanoi Launches Campaign To Promote Women’s Role In Creating Smoke-Free Home

HANOI, May 30 (Bernama) — A campaign was launched here on Sunday to promote the role of women in creating a smoke-free home, reports Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

The event was organised by the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) and the Ministry of Health to mark World No Tobacco Day (May 31) and the 2015 National Week of No Tobacco (May 25 – 31, 2016).

Speaking at the event, VWU President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, said that the campaign was aimed at promoting women’s role in helping family members quit smoking.

It also called on the community to create a smoke-free environment and mitigating smoke-related illnesses, Ha said.

The ceremony was attended by Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, VWU President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, representatives from the Health Ministry, associations, local youths and nearly 900 VWU members.

The vice president urged authorities to organise effective activities, especially publicity work, to reduce the harm of tobacco to society.

According to the Health Ministry, tobacco causes about six million deaths across the world per year. In Vietnam, it kills more than traffic accidents.

Vietnam is one of the four countries with the highest number of smokers at 15 million, costing 14 trillion VND (US$625 million) per year.