No Tobacco Day rally held for 7 consecutive years in Thailand

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BANGKOK, 29 May 2011 -The Ministry of Public Health has launched the 7th walk rally against smoking on the occasion of the World’s No Tobacco Day on 31 May every year. 

According to the Ministry, from 1991 to 2002 the number of smokers in Thailand has declined steadily. The Public Health Ministry has coordinated with the Medical Association of Thailand and related agencies in organizing a walk rally with an aim of promoting the health of Thai people.

Permanent Secretary for Public Health, MD. Paijit Warachit said the slogan for this year focuses on making the Thai society free of smokers. It has been 7 consecutive years for Thailand to hold the rally.

Thailand has also urged the international community to campaign for the same event this year. The number of smokers has declined by approximately 2 million people from 1991 to 2009 with more female smokers quitting smoking compared to male smokers.