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Armenia Proposes Tobacco Control Laws, Seeks to Ban Public Smoking

Armenia Proposes Tobacco Control Laws, Seeks to Ban Public Smoking

"We want to commend the Federal Ministry of Health for putting public health in the front burner and we hope that all stakeholders would rally round to support the initiatives of the Ministry in taking tobacco control forward from where we are today", she said.

To address this threat to global development, World Health Organization is urging governments to take control with measures like banning tobacco marketing and advertising, promoting plain product packaging, and making indoor public places and workplaces smoke-free.

"From 4% in 2003 to nearly a quarter of all smokers smoking roll your own cigarettes in 2014, and we know that roll your own tobacco and all tobacco is very damaging to peoples' health", she said.

The WHO report, Tobacco and its Environmental Impact: An Overview, also shows how tobacco waste contains more than 7,000 toxic chemicals and smoke emissions which contribute human carcinogens, toxicants, and greenhouse gases to the environment.

The aim of the Sustainable Development Agenda, and its 17 global goals, is to ensure that "no one is left behind". In Vietnam, the number of diseases related to cigarette smoke has increased significantly.

Speaking on the occasion I& PR director Lalnithangi, who chaired the programme while saying that consumption of tobacco has severely affected human life, urged tobacco users to abstain from it.

"Tobacco use worsens health inequalities and exacerbates poverty, as the poorest people spend less on essentials such as food, education and healthcare", Moeti said.

Additionally, the report points out, tobacco contributes to 16 per cent of all NCDs deaths. Spending on tobacco takes precedence in these families, that means lesser money for food, education, and health-care.

Judith Mackay, an anti-tobacco advocate based in Hong Kong, said China has made strides with the public smoking bans in some cities and a similar ban covering schools and universities, but that's not enough.

On World No Tobacco Day, May 31, Nunavut's health department would like to see more Nunavummiut going tobacco-free.

According to World Health Organization, over 7 million people die from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow to over 8 million a year by 2030 without intensified action.

"Tobacco threatens us all", WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said.

In a report released yesterday, the United Nations agency said it is bracing itself for more than one billion tobacco-related deaths by the end of this century.

The WHO is also warning countries, including those in the Caribbean of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution and waste.

Turning to taxes, Dr. Chestnov noted that one of the least used, but most effective, tobacco control measures to help countries address development needs is through increasing tobacco tax and prices.

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