The tourist hotspot of Nyaungshwe in Shan State’s Inlay Lake region has been designated a tobacco-free area from September. During a workshop held in Nyaungshwe on Monday, Inn National Race Minister U Win Myint and the head of the District Public Health Department Dr Khin Maung Yin discussed the details of the ban and the ramping up of efforts to curb tobacco consumption in Myanmar. This includes rolling out more public awareness campaigns about the health risks associated with tobacco, the logistics of enforcing tobacco-free areas and the need for community engagement. The decision to create tobacco-free areas came as part of an agreement reached between the Ministry of Health and the South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) during the 3rd Regional Meeting on Tobacco Control in ASEAN in the Philippines last May. Tobacco-free areas already exist at some of Bagan’s most famous temples, while the Pindaya caves in Shan State will soon follow suit.