World No Tobacco Day 2019 held in Nay Pyi Taw

Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe looks around the ceremony to mark the World No Tobacco Day 2019 at the Ministry of Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe looks around the ceremony to mark the World No Tobacco Day 2019 at the Ministry of Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

World No Tobacco Day 2019 was observed at the assembly hall of Ministry of Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning. At the event Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe requested Hluttaw representatives to spread the bad effects of cigarettes and tobacco to the public in states, regions, townships, rural villages and to conduct educative talks about it in their respective constituencies.
The Union Minister also spoke of the direct and indirect health effect to the smokers, their friends, families and neighbors. An appropriate strategy and work processes should be drawn up, sector wise duties and responsibilities assigned to relevant ministerial departments and organizations to reduce and eradicate the manufacture, trade and sale of cigarette and tobacco said the Union Minister. Next World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Myanmar Dr. Stephan Paul Jost read a message sent by WHO South East Asia Regional Office director and spoke of salient points on controlling cigarette and tobacco and eradicating the usage of it.
Afterwards Department of Public Health and Medical Services Director-General Dr. Soe Oo explained about cigarette and tobacco control works and future work processes. Later the Union Minister and guest inspected the displays exhibited in commemoration of the day. The event was attended by Deputy Minister for Commerce U Aung Htoo, Deputy Attorney General U Win Myint, Pyithu Hluttaw Health and Sports Development Committee chairman, Amyotha Hluttaw Health, Sports and Cultural Affairs Committee’s chairman and secretary, partner organizations and the public numbering about 300. — MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)

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