Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Students urge govt to approve draft anti-smoking legislation

Students urge govt to approve draft anti-smoking legislation

Students urge govt to approve draft anti-smoking legislation

100219_4a
A street vendor presents hand-rolled cigarettes made from Cambodian-grown tobacco in Chamkarmon district on Thursday.

UNIVERSITY students accused politicians of dragging their feet over the draft law on smoking during a youth forum that took place at the National Paediatric Hospital on Thursday.

The forum, which involved around 200 students, parliamentarians and representatives of anti-smoking organisations, addressed the impact of tobacco in Cambodia with a focus on a draft law that has yet to be adopted.

Chhoeun Raksmey, a student representative from Preah Kossamak Polytechnic Institute, said Cambodians from remote areas were at greater risk of tobacco-related illnesses.

“We have seen that many people, especially people who live in remote areas, are at serious risk of suffering life-threatening tobacco-related illnesses,” he said, adding that advocates should work harder to push the government to adopt the draft law.

Mom Kong, executive director of Cambodia Movement for Health, said the draft law had been on the table since before Cambodia ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control along with 168 other countries in 2005.

“The longer the draft law is delayed, the more people will suffer from cigarettes,” he said.

To be in accord with the treaty, he said, the draft law should focus on discouraging tobacco use through increased taxes, controls over cigarette advertising, smoking bans in public and in the workplace, and warnings on cigarette packets.

Minister of Health Mam Bunheng said he was too busy to comment on Thursday, but Cambodian People’s Party parliamentarian Hou Sry said the National Assembly had yet to receive the draft law.

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on