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Phnom Penh schools encouraged to be smoke-free zones

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A man is smoking in front of Noton University. KT/ Pann Rachana

Phnom Penh Municipal officials and civil society organisations today urged leaders of educational institutions to strengthen the implementation of schools as a smoke-free environment in a bid to protect children and the youth from the risk of tobacco.

A workshop at the Phnom Penh Education, Youth and Sport Department on Wednesday highlighted the importance of making schools across the capital city as smoke-free zones.

Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Keo Sok Pisey today said that the municipal administration has disseminated information on the Law on Tobacco Control, relevant sub-decrees and regulations, as well as strengthened the implementation of smoke-free environment to raise awareness on the risk of tobacco.

“But these positive things are not yet enough,” Ms Pisey said. “This is because our people still face health risks as some in the tobacco industry still sell cigarettes without displaying warning messages, as the law stipulates, advertise cigarettes in various ways, and there are also people who are still smoking at work and in public spaces, which should be banned.”

According to representative of World Health Organization, Yel Daravuth, there are about 7,000 chemical substances in a cigarette, and the use of tobacco products has caused major health problems such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory disease.

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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