YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Smoking is an illness which must be treated–Chief Sanitary Inspector of Armenia Vladimir Davidians told reporters. He said that smoking is the number one epidemic in Armenia and stressed that "the struggle against smoking should become the government’s national policy."
The results of the studies conducted by the Health Ministry show that every third woman in Armenia’smokes. 42 percent of doctors are also smokers. Moreover–every third doctor usually smokes in the presence of a patient. Smoking schoolchildren also constitute a large number.
Davidians reported that the Health Ministry has already developed concepts of the national anti-smoking program.