The youths at the campaign (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A campaign was launched in Hanoi on May 29 to promote the role of women in creating a smoke-free home.

The event was organised by the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) and the Ministry of Health to mark World No Tobacco Day (May 31) and the 2015 National Week of No Tobacco (May 25 – 31, 2016).

The ceremony was attended by Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, VWU President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, representatives from the Health Ministry, associations, local youths and nearly 900 VWU members.

Speaking at the event, VWU President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha said the campaign aims to promote women’s role in helping family members quit smoking.

It also called on the community to create a smoke-free environment, mitigating smoke-related illnesses, Ha said.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh urged authorities at all levels to organise effective activities, especially publicity work, to reduce tobacco harm to society.

According to the Health Ministry, tobacco causes about 6 million deaths across the world per year. In Vietnam, it kills more than traffic accidents.

Vietnam is one of the four countries with the highest number of smokers at 15 million, costing 14 trillion VND (625 million USD) per year.-VNA