World No Tobacco Day at REACH Hà Nội


World No Tobacco Day has been marked at REACH Ha noi with a uniform free day to raise awareness of the perils of using tobacco.

In exchange for attending REACH in casual dress, students were asked to make a 5000Đ donation to the Salt Initiative. The Salt Initiative is a not-for-profit that provides cancer education in and around Ha noi.

In total the uniform free day REACH managed to raise 1,000,000 Đ.

Coupled with the uniform free day, seminars on the dangers of smoking were also provided to all classes.

Run by Australian volunteer, Leanne Dowler, the short seminars were designed to offer maximum impact but without causing a major disruption to scheduled classes.

Dowler has herself had a sad history with lung cancer losing several family members to the disease.

“It’s sad,” she says, “seeing so many young people smoking. I think about how it has negatively affected my family and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.”

“If we can help just one young person quit,” she goes on, “Or if we can help them to help a family member to quit, then it’s all worth it.”

The Salt Initiative provides cancer education and early stage palliative care for cancer sufferers.

Smoking is the leading cause of cancer in Viêt Nạm. It’s estimated that 40,000 Vietnamese annually die from lung cancer.

According to the World Health Organisation 45.3 percent of Vietnamese men smoke.

The WHO also notes that 53.5 percent of non-smokers (28.5 million adults) are exposed to tobacco smoke at home.

The low price of cigarettes is a major contributor to the high smoking rates.

The current tax rate on a packet of cigarettes in Viêt Nạm is 36 percent. This is considerably lower than the world average of 56%. The WHO also recommends it should be as high as 70 percent.

At REACH we aim to provide Viêt Nạm’s most vulnerable youth with the education they need to find work but also to live long and healthy lives. You can help us run more initiatives like World No Tobacco Day by donating to our Global Giving campaign here:

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