Smoke Free Vientiane Capital
On August 28 2009, hundreds of people gathered at That Luang esplanade to join the official ceremony to announce Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, as a Smoke Free city.
The ceremony began with opening speeches from the Vice provincial governor of Vientiane Capital as well as representatives of ADRA Laos, WHO Laos, and the Ministry of Health. The ceremony culminanated with a balloon releasing activity followed by a walkathon around the esplanade.
Smoke Free Vientiane is a timely prelude to the Smoke Free SEA Games which is scheduled to be hosted by Lao PDR in December 2009.
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