Kyauktada township will be the first No Smoking Zone in Yangon city, said Daw Than Myint Aung, Yangon City Development Committee Member — 5, in meeting with media.
She said coordination will be made among People Health Foundation, Health and Sports Ministry, Hluttaw representatives and the people. It will be implemented as soon as possible.
Parks, markets, hotels, air-conditioned shopping centers, government offices, famous pagodas, religious buildings, government schools and hospitals are to be designated as smoking free areas. The plan will be executed by YCDC and Yangon Region Public Health Department.
This plan will also be extended to schools, government offices, hotels, universities and pagodas in other townships.
The starting point for the plan is Kyauktada but other areas can join the activities depending on their interests. The Control of Smoking and Consumption of Tobacco Product Law was enacted in 2006.
According to the law, places where smoking is prohibited are prescribed and advertising and promotion of tobacco are prevented. Due to weakness in realizing the plan, this will be high on the agenda of the new government, said Daw Than Myint Aung.
(Translated by Wallace)