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Pee Baa Jub Jub
8th July 2010, 20:08
Thailand’s Sport stadiums and public spots have all turned smoke-free zones, following an announcement by the Ministry of Public Health on 28 June 2010.

Speaking at a press conference on the Government's anti-smoking campaign, Secretary-General of the Thai Action on Smoking and Health, MD Prakit Vateesatokit, reasoned that the proclamation has been released following the Government’s attempt to ban smoking in public places in order to prevent second-hand smoke effect on non-smokers.

MD Prakit reported that South Africa’s Health Department has prohibited smoking in 10 national stadiums as well as public areas and transportations across the country, in hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Apart from publicizing its non-smoking rule to the people, anti-smoking signs have been posted at public stadiums and surrounding areas, while those who violate the rules will be banished from the restricted area.

FIFA has initially banned smoking at the 1988 Winter Olympics in the city of Calgary Alberta, Canada. All Olympic matches have then turned smoke-free. Anti-Smoking rule was also implemented at the 2002 World Cup, hosted by Japan and South Korea, and the 2003 All-Africa Games. More recently, China declared the 2008 Summer Olympics tobacco-free, while Lao PDR organized the fourth smoke-free Southeast Asia Games in December 2009.

Secondhand smoke is known as the cause of lung cancer, heart disease, low birth-weight , and chronic lung ailments such as bronchitis and asthma, particularly in children. The World Health Organization says the only effective means to eliminate the health risks associated with secondhand smoke is through implementing 100% smoke-free environments.

As a result, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health had released its 19th Announcement on 28 June 2010, declaring all sport stadiums and public areas the smoke-free zone, in line with the Protection of Non-Smokers’ Health Act, B.E. 2553 (2010), in a bid to ensure the health and well-being of those present in the areas.

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