ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Asean nations to up tobacco control measures
Speaking during the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan said the 10 member countries would strengthen tobacco control measures to bring them in line with the community's rules.
"Free trade is a key goal of Asean, but we believe it is not enough to focus only on free trade and fair trade. Safe trade should also be a primary consideration," he told the five-day conference, organised by the Singapore Health Promotion Board.
Some member countries still depend on revenue from tobacco and ignore the expense that is caused by smoking, he said.
Surin said the Asean secretariat in Jakarta will be made a smoke-free area from April 1, as the region recognised the importance of Section 8 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC).
It requires member countries to protect their citizens from second-hand smoke in all public and work places, and public transport.
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