Vietnam’s law on the prevention and control of smoking takes effect on May 1, 2013, according to the Health Ministry, according to a story in VietnamPlus.
The law, with five chapters and 35 clauses, regulates measures aimed to reduce the demand for tobacco, control supply and prevent tobacco harm, said the ministry at a conference in Hanoi on April 23.
According to Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen, in the coming time, the implementation of the law will focus on enforcing the smoking ban in agencies, government offices, schools, hospitals and a number of public places.
Regulating cigarette advertisement, promotion and funding will be another focus, she added.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Vietnam is one of 15 countries with the most smokers in the world. About half of all male adults (15 years old and above) in the country are smokers.
Earlier, on January 25, 2013, the Prime Minister approved the national strategy to combat tobacco’s negative impacts by 2020.
Tobacco growers and their families in Vietnam have moved into new homes built for them under an Imperial Tobacco responsibility initiative.
Project Symphony is the result of a collaboration between Imperial Tobacco Vietnam, its local partner DOFICO and the Altadis Foundation.
The homes, constructed from brick and steel, have been built in the provinces of Dong Nai and Tay Ninh, where DOFICO is based.
“Project Symphony has been a tremendous example of partners working together to the benefit of those in the rural environment,” said Alistair Hepburn, general manager Indochina.
“DOFICO and Imperial, together with the local community, identified the most needy families and constructed 10 new houses, directly supporting communities within our tobacco growing areas.
“The project has been acclaimed by local authorities and plans are in place to invest further in 2013.”
Khanh Viet Corp. (Khatoco) of Vietnam officially opened its new threshing plant in Nha Trang City on Oct. 2, 2012. Participating in the ceremony were various government officials, multinational tobacco merchants/processors and representatives of Evans Mactavish, which supplied the machinery for the facility.
A seaside resort with first-class hotels and exquisite food, Nha Trang City provided a stunning backdrop for the event
The project took five years to complete. Tests and production runs started in March 2012, while full production commenced Oct. 1.
The factory is state-of-the-art facility, processing to international standards and meeting requirements for all buyers.