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WHO Condemns Tobacco Industry for Misleading Public

ness or that smoking bans infringe on a smoker's rights and freedom of choice," the WHO said.

It noted that not a single study has proved that smoking bans result in negative results for the economy.

Omi said that to mark this year's World No Tobacco Day, the WHO is honouring individuals and organizations that have helped create smoke-free environments through policies and research.

Among the recipients of the World No Tobacco Awards in the Western Pacific Region are the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces for supporting smoking cessation services for its soldiers; and doctors Wang Ke-an and Wang Chen, founder and director of the Think Tank Research Centre for Health Development in China, for providing key research for anti-smoking legislation.

Setsu Seo and Jun Sono, chairman and vice chairman of the No Smoke Hyogo in Japan, were cited for spearheading grassroots smoke-free environment initiatives, while the Palau Tobacco Control Program was honoured for its strong advocacy on smoke-free policies.

Mayor Jejomar Binay of Makati City in the Philippines was given the award for implementing a model, comprehensive smoke-free policy in the financial district of metropolitan Manila.

Guam Governor Felix Camacho and Vice Governor Michael Cruz were also cited for establishing a comprehensive law banning smoking in all enclosed public places and providing support for all government employees who wish to quit smoking.


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