Vietnam Tobacco Control Law implementation meeting

Hanoi, Vietnam/23 April 2013: A national conference was held recently to discuss the implementation of the Vietnam Tobacco Control law, which takes effect on 01 May 2013.

The conference welcomed 350 participants from different sectors: leaders from the Government Offices, National Assembly, related ministries and Mass organizations in Vietnam. It also includes tobacco control activitists and researches from medical universities and institutions, students from Medical universities, and Youth Union institutes and Public Security.

The Minister of Health gave awards to six organizations and seventeen individuals who have greatly contributed to advance TC in the country, particularly the development of TC Law in Vietnam.

Among the awardees were Action on Smoking or Health-Thailand Secretary General Prof. Prakit Vathesatogkit and SEATCA Director, Ms. Bungon Ritthiphakdee. They were given awards for their contributions to the tobacco control cause in Vietnam and health promotion.

Congratulations to Dr. Prakit and Ms. Rithiphakdee, and to all the other awardees.

In photo, (L-R) Dr Pham Thi Hoang Anh, Director of Healthbridge Canada in Vietnam, Prof Prakit Vathesatogkit, Dr. Nguyen Thi Xuyen, Vice Minister of Health, Ms. Bungon Rithiphakdee, Prof. Luong Ngoc Khue, VINACOSH Director and General Director of the Department of Health Service Administration, Ministry of Health, and Dr. Takashi Kasai, WHO Representative for Vietnam.

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