Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The WHO Worried About Tobacco Fair in Philippines

The World Health Organization has expressed anxiety about tobacco trade shows that take place in Philippines. The WHO says it encourages smokers to consume more tobacco products.

The tobacco trade fair in Philippines is called ProTobEx ASIA and it it world's largest fair of tobacco products. It will take place in Manila this week and it is organized the second year in a row

Philippines was chosen among other Asian countries due to its highly developed tobacco industry and the support of the local government, which has refused a ban on smoking in public places.

Eigil Sorensen, Senior WHO adviser, told that the Philippine government has signed an international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which prohibits to advertise and promote tobacco products.

He also said that latest data show that 14 million adult Filipinos smoke daily.

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