Plans have been proposed to increase tax on tobacco, ban electronic vapes and tighten online advertising of cigarettes. Plans have been proposed to increase tax on tobacco, ban electronic vapes and tighten online advertising of cigarettes The Ministry of Health said it wants to prevent people, particularly youngsters from taking up the habit. The proposals were raised at a meeting to review the Law on Tobacco Harms Prevention and Control held by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Hanoi on November 14. Nguyen Quang Huy, Director of the MoH’s Legal Department, said the price of cigarettes in Vietnam was far lower than other countries in the region. He also said there are serious issues with cross-border smuggling of foreign cigarettes that need to be addressed. Tran Thi Trang, Deputy Director of the MoH’s Legal Department, said banning smoking in certain public areas has not been effectively enforced. She also said more needs to be done to educate young people about the harm smoking causes. Four years ago, a study carried out by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), revealed 1.1 percent of adults used electronic cigarettes – with many thinking they were harmless. Phan Thi Hai, Vice Director of the… Read full this story
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