Mar 14, 2015

Hanoi steps up smoke free zone

At Hanoi, On 6 March 2015: Hanoi has announced a plan to develop ‘no-smoking’ tourism zones in an attempt to build a friendly and healthy image for both domestic and international visitors.
In there, the plan will be reported to establish samples by local media, such as “no-smoking restaurants and hotels”, “no-smoking offices” and “no-smoking tourist sites”. Furthermore, this samples need be noticed at popular public places, such as shopping malls, the Old Quarter and the Hoan Kiem Lake.

Apart from leaflets and posters, media and radio stations will be tapped to sprea the message on the harmful effects of smoking.

To put the movement in the context, Hanoi is also plagued by a two-stroke motor cycle smoke that experts say is threatening to health as smoking.

Last year, 16.5 million tourists were welcomed by the capital city, including 3 million international tourists, up 16% from 2013.

Tobacco Harm Prevention Law of Vietnam, which took validity from 1 May 2013, bans smoking in public area, but the regulation has not been executed.

Ho Chi Minh City has offered that hotels become no-smoking zones to make them more environmentally friendly for guests. In the city, more than 390 hotels and restaurants are already smoke-free as part of a municipal programme to create a non-smoking environments in restaurants and hotels. The plan was beginned three years ago as is a voluntary exercise at the moment.


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