The World Health Organization is honouring Dr Ly Ngoc Kinh, Senior Consultant and Former Director of Vietnam Steering Committee On Smoking and Health (VINACOSH) with the "World No Tobacco Day 2011 award" for his efforts in controlling the use of tobacco in Vietnam.
|Dr Ly Ngoc Kinh|
In its citation, WHO said Dr Ly Ngoc Kinh had made great contributions towards the campaign in ratifying the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Vietnam and helping draft the National Action Plan for Implementation of the WHO FCTC in 2009. He is now a member of the drafting group for the tobacco control law that awaits approval by the National Assembly in 2012.
More than 5 million people worldwide die each year from tobacco-related diseases, more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
The WHO FCTC was developed in response to a global tobacco epidemic. To date, more than 170 countries have ratified the FCTC. Vietnam was amongst the first countries to have ratified the FCTC in 2004.
• Tobacco related illnesses are a leading cause of death in Vietnam with 40,000 people dying each year, more than a hundred persons per day.