Cambodia on smoking offensive

| September 8, 2016

The Cambodian Health Minister, Mam Bunheng, and the Provincial Governor of Siem Reap, Khim Bunsong, have launched a campaign in the city of Siem Reap to heighten awareness about the health effects of environmental tobacco smoke, according to a Xinhua story relayed by the TMA

The campaign, which was launched on Tuesday, is aimed specifically at pushing for the implementation of public smoking bans that the federal government adopted in March.

According to the new rules, those caught smoking tobacco in places where it is banned are liable to fines ranging from US$5 to US$12.50.

Bunheng said the campaign was a government effort to promote public health and curtail tobacco-related illnesses and deaths.

The minister urged local residents to support the campaign to help decrease the country’s smoking rate.

The National Adult Tobacco Survey 2014 indicated that about 1.55 million adult Cambodians smoked.

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