• Bataan to host Asean smoke-free workshop

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    BALANGA CITY: All is set for the staging of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Smoke-Free Cities workshop which kicks off on Wednesday here.

    It will be the second time that the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) is holding the workshop to be participated by delegates coming from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

    The regional workshop is focused on “Benchmarking of Smoke-free Policies and Strengthening of Enforcement.”

    Bataan Gov. Albert Raymond Garcia and other provincial officials are eager to welcome the delegates in the two-day workshop that will focus on benchmarking smoke-free policies and strengthening enforcement in the region.

    Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia 3rd said one of the objectives of the workshop is to learn from Balanga through a study visit to the different smoke-free places and sharing of experience in enforcement.

    The city was a recipient of the Red Orchid Award from the Department of Health for three straight years for its successful anti-smoking campaign, earning a place in the Hall of Fame.

    SEATCA is a multi-sectoral alliance established to support Asean countries in developing and putting in place effective tobacco control policies. It is acknowledged by governments and academic institutions for its advancement of tobacco control movements in Southeast Asia.

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