40,000 Vietnamese die of smoking every year: official

Smoking claims about 40,000 deaths in Vietnam every year, Dr. Ly Ngoc Kinh, head of the Ministry of Health’s Treatment Management Department, told a Sep. 15 workshop in Hanoi.

Vietnam is among countries with a high rate of male smokers (56 per cent), according to reports by official agencies at the seminar.

It is estimated that the country spends VND14 trillion (US$777.8 million) annually for buying tobacco and over VND1 trillion for treatment of tobacco-related diseases, according to the reports.

The Ministry of Health and the American Cancer Society held the workshop to further raise public awareness of harm caused by smoking.

By T. Kien - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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