Thai youth express support for Tobacco Act

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BANGKOK, 20 September 2015 – A Thai youth network has expressed support to the new Tobacco Control Act, in an attempt to prevent children from being addicted to smoking.

The President of the Yuwatat Network Phachornpan Prachuaplap has represented the youth network’s resolution to the government, echoing support to government to expedite the legislation of the Tobacco Control Act.

He has claimed that there are currently about 2 million youth in Thailand as new smokers, and 7 out of 10 smokers are likely to be heavily addicted to smoking which might lead to other issues.

On this matter, the Minster attached to the Prime Minister’s Office commended youth network’s noble determination in tackling the smoking issue, which has been a long term issue in Thai society, and affirmed that the government will help raise awareness on the consequences of smoking.

The President of the Yuwatat Network added that the perspectives of smoking being cool and as a tool of engagement in social activities are false. To encourage young people to quit smoking, the youth network and related agencies will communicate with smokers in the same age group.