City marks World No Tobacco Day

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More than 1,000 Pattaya students heard about the dangers of tobacco as the city hosted its annual World No Tobacco Day commemoration.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome led the ceremony at Pattaya School No. 3 May 31 as staff from the Pattaya Public Health Department and Pattaya Police talked about the health and societal ills of smoking.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, city officials, teachers and students participate in World No Tobacco Day activities. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, city officials, teachers and students participate in World No Tobacco Day activities.

The educational messages were mixed into fun activities to make students more receptive to the message. Kids played games and earned prizes and were encouraged to participate in the “1 Person, 1 Baht” campaign to assist disaster victims.

World No Tobacco Day is organized by the United Nations. Special emphasis is placed on students, as the U.N. says 90 percent of new smokers are between 15 and 24 years old. Smoking kills 480 people per hour globally and smokers spend on average about 42,340 baht on cigarettes.