Thailand leads crusade against tobacco

On 14 December 2018 Thailand made history. It became the first country in Asia, and the first low and middle-income country in the world to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products, a tough tobacco control measure.

Thailand’s legislation on plan packaging requires that by September 2019 all tobacco packs must show no colors, brand images or any promotional information.

Plain packaging is a landmark measure for tobacco control that will help reduce the use of this deadly products in Thailand,” said Dr Daniel A Kertesz, WHO Representative to Thailand.

Air pollution

Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people worldwide every year. WHO data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants.
From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate. The combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution cause about 7 million premature deaths every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.
More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO guideline limits, with low-and middle income countries suffering from the highest exposures, both indoors and outdoors.

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On 20 December 2018, the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, the 4th report in the series, was launched by WHO Thailand Country Office at a press conference co-organised with the Ministry of Public Health and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation. Four key speakers at the event included Dr Daniel Kertesz, WHO Representative to Thailand; Dr Witaya Chatbunchachai, Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, Khon Kaen Hospital; Dr Thanapong Jinwong, Secretary General of Road Safety Policy Foundation; and the Honourable Mr Surachai Liengboonlertchai, First Vice-President of the National Legislative Assembly. The event was attended by more than 20 journalists and 50 government and non-government partners.

Thailand becomes first in Asia to introduce tobacco plain packaging; WHO commends efforts

World Health Organization commended stronger tobacco control measures being adopted by Thailand which has become the first in Asia and the first low and middle-income country to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products.

“Thailand’s bold steps against tobacco – the single most important cause of preventable deaths worldwide – is commendable and reflects the country’s earnest efforts in promoting health and well-being of its people,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director World Health Organization South-East Asia, congratulating Thailand for the tobacco legislation on plain packaging adopted last week.

The new legislative announcement on plain packaging is the latest effort of Thai government and adds to the Tobacco Control Act 2017 which enforces 20 years as the minimum age for purchasing tobacco, bans single stick sale and bans tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship.

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