WHO Allocates $20 000 for National Program Against Tobacco

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Armenian Health Care Ministry reports the number of smokers in Armenia has increased–especially among women and teenagers. About 60 percent of Armenian males–36 percent of women and 35 percent of teenagers are smokers.

Alexander Bazarchian–the coordinator of the Health Care Ministry national program "Struggle Against Tobacco" said Armenia has joined the struggle "Europe Without Tobacco," adopted by 50 European countries. At present a national program of struggling against tobacco is being worked out–the advertisement and tax policy of tobacco is to be reviewed.

Chairman of WHO Armenia office Hrayr Aslanian said WHO has allocated $20,000 from its two-year budget for Armenia for the implementation of this program.

Aslanian thinks there are efficient measures in struggling against tobacco–one of them being a right tax policy and banning advertisement of tobacco. He said that in this case the budget entries will not decrease either.

Tobacco sale for teenagers should be banned in Armenia as in the whole world. One of the main principles of the program will be bringing psychological and medical assistance to those who want to give up smoking.

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