The meeting drew nearly 100 international delegates from smoke-free tourism cities in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Mongolia and international organizations for smoking prevention.
The model of smoke-free tourism has widely become pervasive in Vietnam. It started in Hoi An city (Quang Nam province) in 2009. Since then, the model has been expanded to other places including Ha Long, Hue, Nha Trang, and Hai Phong. Accordingly, smoking has been banned in restaurants, hotels, historical and cultural sites, schools, hospitals and offices. As a result, they have become the images of green - clean - beautiful tourism, contributing to people’s health protection.
In Hoi An, the strategy to develop Hoi An to become a smoke-free city has been very successful, contributing to protecting and bettering the locals’ health, providing visitors with a safe, friendly and civilized tourism environment.
According to Vice Chairman of Hoi An city People's Committee Nguyen Van Son, to raise the locals’ awareness of the harm of cigarette smoking, the city’s authorities have promulgated the regulations against smoking in public places and in festivals which the locals and visitors have ardently responded.
Due to the harm of smoking, tobacco harm prevention is prior all over the world. Some solutions to this problem are implementing 100% smoke-free environment, using larger graphic health warnings on standardized cigarette packs, increasing tobacco taxes, and banning tobacco advertising. However, the model of a smoke-free city is becoming a contemporary trend in many countries.
Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien stated that the tobacco control law has initially been effective, contributing to a cleaner, healthier and more civilized life.