The Program for Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms, under the Vietnamese Ministry of Health yesterday opened a room for consultation and a switchboard to help rehabilitate addicts on tobacco. They are the first of its kinds in the country.
The switchboard with the free number 18006606 works from 8 am to 10 pm in all days a week even Saturday and Sunday, except for holidays. The switchboard places in the Treatment and Respiratory Center in the premise of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi.
A representative of the Ministry said that the opening of the switchboard is considered as an important step to help addicts on tobacco to get rid of smoking.
According to the latest information in the world, medical workers must contact most tobacco addicts as at least 70 percent of smokers have annual check-up. Patients usually obey to doctors’ advice to get rid of smoking.
Vietnam is one of 15 countries with the highest numbers of smokers in the world, and around 40,000 Vietnamese people die of smoking-caused diseases every year – or more than 100 people per day, as per the Ministry of Health’s information. It is estimated that 47.4 percent of male and 1.4 female adults in the country smoke.
The Program for Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms recently released the figures and emphasized that the death toll from smoking-related diseases in Vietnam many increase to 70,000 per year in 2030.
In the world, there are around 1.3 billion smokers including 25 percent of tobacco addicts and 84 percent of smokers living in developed countries.