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Hanoi to ban smoking at popular tourist sites

Released at: 14:50, 02/10/2019

Hanoi to ban smoking at popular tourist sites

A campaign in Hanoi calling for No smoking in May. Photo: Giaoducthoidai.vn

Smoke-free tourism model to be piloted at 30 tourist sites around town this month.

by Le Diem

Hanoi will pilot a smoke-free tourism model at 30 tourist sites in the city this month, aimed at creating a green tourism environment.

The model will be implemented in Hoan Kiem district, the capital’s center of tourism and commerce. The district has 190 historical sites and nearly 20 cultural sites. In 2018, it welcomed over 2.1 million international visitors and about 15,000 to 20,000 visitors of all kinds to the Old Quarter every night on average, according to the city’s People’s Committee.

Accordingly, “No Smoking” signs will be placed at 30 famous historical and cultural sites in Hoan Kiem, including the Vietnam National Museum of History, the Vietnam Revolutionary Museum, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the National Library of Vietnam, the Hanoi Opera House, the Vietnam National Drama Theatre, the Vietnam Tuong Art Theatre, the Worker Cinema, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Ham Long Church, the Old Quarter Culture Exchange Center, souvenir houses at 48 Hang Ngang Street and 5D Ham Long Street, Hoa Lo Prison, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, Heritage House (48 Ma May Street), the pagodas of Quan Su, Ba Da, Cau Dong, Huyen Thuyen, Thai Cam, and Vu Thach, the temples of Ngoc Son, Ba Kieu, Bach Ma, and Hoa Than, and the communal houses of Kim Ngan, Yen Thai, Dong Lac, and Nam Huong.

There will be a team at these spots to warn people to not smoke and fine them between VND100,000 and 300,000 ($4.3 and $13) if necessary. Those selling cigarettes without a license will be fined from VND15 to 30 million ($650 to $1,300).

In addition to these 30 sites, the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee has also introduced the smoke-free model in 12 restaurants and eleven hotels in the area.

The same model is also being applied in tourist cities such as Ha Long, Hoi An, and Nha Trang.

The percentage of lung cancer patients in Vietnam who smoke is nearly 97 per cent and smoking is one of the leading causes of serious illness leading to death, with about 40,000 people dying of tobacco-related health issues, according to the Ministry of Health. The ministry is committed to accompanying Hanoi as well as other cities in promoting activities to raise awareness about the harm of tobacco and build a smoke-free environment.

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