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Cigarette advertising ban

Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Council of Ministers on Friday approved a
draft sub-decree prohibiting the advertisement of tobacco products.
Phun An, 65, smokes a cigarette next to her grandson at their home in Phnom Penh. Photo by: Sovan Philong
Minister
of Health Mam Bunheng said the sub-decree prohibits the advertisement
of cigarettes and other tobacco products via media, billboards and live
events, adding that businesses will be given a six-month grace period to
pull their ads once the sub-decree is formally adopted.
This
decision is in accordance with the World Health Organisation’s Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control, ratified by Cambodia in November 2005.
Signatories to this treaty agree to prohibit the advertisement,
promotion and sponsoring of tobacco companies within five years from the
date of signing.
The sub-decree aims to restrict ads attracting
people to tobacco products to reduce tobacco’s impact on the
environment, public health and the economy, according to Friday’s
announcement from the Council of Ministers.
Yel Daravuth, tobacco
health adviser at the WHO, characterised the sub-decree’s approval as
important for prevention and public health.
“These measures will help to prevent children from using tobacco products and encourage current smokers to reduce their use.”
A
2002 survey conducted by WHO and the World Bank found that in countries
where advertising is banned, the rate of smokers can be reduced by as
much as seven to eight percent over 10 years, while countries that
allowed tobacco advertisements saw a reduction of only 1 percent in the
same period.
Kun Lim, head of corporate and regulatory affairs at
British American Tobacco Cambodia, said the law seems sensible and
practical. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JEREMY MULLINS
Phnom Penh Post
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