August 19, 2016

Myanmar to reduce tobacco use with control policies in cooperation with int’l organizations

Women make traditional cheroots in Bago. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Women make traditional cheroots in Bago. Photo: Aye Min Soe

MYANMAR is looking to cut the number of smokers in the country by passing laws to curb consumption, it was revealed yesterday by the Union Minister for Health and Sports, Dr Myint Htwe. Myanmar is set to scale up efforts to reduce tobacco related deaths and other products in cooperation with international organisations.
Dr Myint Htwe said that there has been an increase in smoking and tobacco consumption in Myanmar
“The World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted training courses to control cigarettes and tobacco products in Myanmar commencing from 20 to 25 June,” said Dr Myint Htwe.
Attendees to the five-day workshop are set to meet with parliamentarians on the final day of the meeting to hold discussions on a national tobacco program.
According to WHO, tobacco kills approximately 6m people annually and secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people worldwide. Recent estimates show that there are about 246m smokers and 290m smokeless users in the region.
Myanmar became the 11th signatory to the International Convention on Tobacco Control in 2003. The Union Government Office released a statement on 19 May this year calling for necessary measures to be taken to reduce chewing of betel quid and recklessly spitting betel juice in Myanmar.


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