Pyongyang, May 31 (KCNA) — A function was held at the Koryo Medicine Institute on May 30 to mark the World No-Tobacco Day.
Present there were Choe Chang Sik, vice-minister of Public Health of the DPRK, Tej Walia, representative a.i. of the WHO in Pyongyang, staff members of missions of international organizations and the British ambassador to the DPRK.
Choe in his opening speech called on the medical workers to take an active part in the campaign to urge people to quit smoking for the health of the rising generation and their own health.
Referring to the fact that the smoking rate in the DPRK is considerably lower than that in the past, he stressed the need for the medical workers to successfully conduct a campaign to increase the quit-smoking atmosphere and take every opportunity of helping the people stop smoking.
He called for activities to direct greater social attention to protecting sick people and women and children, in particular, from the harm done by smokers and expanding the scope and width of the non-smoking places in a bid to help people quit smoking.
Then Tej Walia made a congratulatory speech.
Then the floor was taken by participants who pointed to the need to conduct a positive campaign for preventing the outbreak of diverse diseases due to smoking and a no-smoking campaign of diverse forms.
The participants looked round the photographs showing the medical workers’ rules to govern their activities to restrict smoking and the harm done by smoking to human bodies and its consequences, exhibits on things popular in no-smoking campaigns and treatment rooms.
The day was observed in local areas of the country, too.
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