Join hands to prevent harmful effects of tobacco
At the meeting, VWU Vice President Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Huong said that Vietnamese women in general rarely smoked cigarettes but in some areas of the Central Highlands, women smoking was common and had become a custom.
"Currently, the VWU is implementing Project 8 on realizing gender equality and solving urgent issues for women and children in ethnic minority areas. This will be an opportunity to change people's perceptions and repel harmful practices to people's lives", Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Huong shared.
VWU Vice President Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Huong (middle) at the meeting
In addition, young people smoke e-cigarettes quite a lot and this is a target group that needs communicating in the coming time.
At the meeting, Ms. Truong Thi Thu Thuy, Director General of Family and Social Affairs Department, Vietnam Women's Union shared VWU’s activities on tobacco harm prevention. The VWU actively participates in contributing opinions on issues related to tobacco harm prevention and control, especially the impacts on women and children’s health in some draft laws and legal documents. The VWU has also made in-depth gender mainstreaming inputs in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, including the issue of reducing the risk of secondhand smoking for women and children.
Ms. Betsy Fuller, Senior Program Manager, Public Health Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies at the meeting
Ms. Betsy Fuller, Senior Program Manager, Public Health Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and members of the delegation highly appreciated the VWU’s consultation activities, policy and law contribution related to tobacco prevention and control over the past years as well as its focus on communicating the harmful effects of tobacco on people's health in general, women and children in particular.
The VWU and the delegation will join hands to have greater impacts on preventing and controlling the harmful effects of tobacco on people's health in the coming time.