At the launch of the program

Addressing the event, Associate Professor and PhD Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the Medical Examination and Treatment Management Department under the Ministry of Health and director of the fund stressed that building a smoke-free tourism environment is an effective way to ensure the rights of non-smokers to breathe fresh smoke-free air. It also helps reduce the risks of illnesses caused by passive exposure to tobacco smoke for the tourism sector’s personnel and tourists. In addition, it helps reduce direct and indirect medical costs for examinations and treatment of diseases related to tobacco use. Moreover, it contributes to protecting tourist landscapes, creating fresh tourism environments, and luring more tourists.

In her speech, Do Hong Xoan, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Tourism Association and Chairwoman of the Vietnam Hotel Association, highlighted the significance of this campaign for not only restaurants and hotels, but also for the community.

The "No-smoking" signboard at San Fu Lou - Cantonese Kitchen

Xoan added that smoke-free environments, including restaurants and hotels, will build an image of a professional, civilized, and fresh environment for the sake of the health of business establishments’ owners, their staff, and customers. It will help create a friendly and fresh tourism environment that will attract more and more domestic and international tourists.

Joining the campaign is an effective way to exercise the Law on Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms.

So far, 200 restaurants and hotels across Hanoi have responded to the campaign with a commitment to strictly observe the Law on Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms.

After the launch, a “No-smoking” signboard could be seen at the Hilton Hanoi Opera at 1 Le Thanh Tong street and San Fu Lou - Cantonese Kitchen at 6 Phan Chu Trinh street

Translated by Mai Huong