Researchers at the Royal University of Phnom Penh are urging the Health Ministry to tighten tobacco regulations after finding that retailers in the capital still advertise products after being given incentives from tobacco companies.
Phan Chanpeou, psychology department head at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, said that the law on tobacco control was adopted in 2015 and prohibits the advertisement of tobacco products and sponsorships by tobacco companies.
Mr Chanpeou said that many tobacco companies fail to comply with the law and continue providing incentives to retailers selling their products.
“This is the obstacle to reducing the number of people who die, become disabled and ill due to the use of tobacco products,” he said, adding that the Health Ministry should intervene by pushing for penalties for companies failing to comply with regulations.
Royal University of Phnom Penh researches found that 85 percent of tobacco retailers in the capital are given money, appliances, t-shirts and cigarettes in exchange for advertising tobacco products.
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