World No Tobacco Day marked

 

An event takes place at the People’s Palace of Culture on World No Tobacco Day.

HAM YONG SOK / THE PYONGYANG TIMES

 
An event took place at the People's Palace of Culture on May 31 to mark World No Tobacco Day.

It drew officials of the Ministry of Public Health, members of resident diplomatic missions and those of international organizations including the WHO and health workers.

The WHO has set May 31 as World No Tobacco Day and calls for observing the day every year to raise public awareness of tobacco control.

The theme for this year’s WNTD is “Tobacco—a threat to development”.

“What is important in tobacco control is to conduct large scale educational campaigns to publicize the negative impact of smoking on the health and socio-economic life,” said Choe Suk Hyon, vice-director of the Ministry of Public Health, after referring to achievements made in tobacco control last year. “And we should strengthen scientific research on smoking cessation products which help quit smoking.”

Thushara Fernando, representative of the WHO to the DPRK, highly praised the Korean females for being globally in the vanguard of no-smoking campaign. “But I would also like to challenge them. That is, to help their fathers, husbands, boyfriends and sons to quit smoking if they are smokers. You should keep in mind that it is your duty. It’s not only for the health of your beloved ones, but also for the health of yourself and your children protecting from second-hand smoking and for the healthier country,” he added.

There were a briefing on the newly-revised tobacco control law of the DPRK and a video show about the harmfulness of smoking.

Meanwhile, no-smoking information activities were conducted at the central and provincial hygienic information halls and medical institutions across the country.

 

By Ri Sung Ik PT