Associate Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the fund for prevention and control of tobacco harms (Source: giadinh.net.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) –
A painting contest aiming to raise public awareness of the dangers of smoking was launched in Hanoi on March 10.

It is also designed to disseminate the law on prevention and control of tobacco harms.

The contest was jointly organised by the fund for prevention and control of tobacco harms of the Health Ministry and the Vietnam Fine Arts Association.

According to the fund, Vietnam records about 40,000 tobacco-related deaths each year, a figure forecast to increase to 70,000 by 2030.

Associate Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the fund, said the contest aims to raise public awareness of the harms of active and passive smoking as well as the law on prevention and control of tobacco harms.

The contest is open for professional and amateur artists, Vietnamese citizens and overseas Vietnamese. 

There will be one first prize worth 15 million VND (650 USD), two second prizes each worth 13 million VND, three third prizes each worth 12 million VND and seven consolation prizes each worth 8 million VND.

The deadline for submission is May 4, 2019. The award ceremony is scheduled to be held in June the same year.

The outcomes of the contest will be announced on the website http://tapchimythuat.vn.-VNA