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said, "The ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) as aSmoke-ree Working Environment, calls onall sta and visitors to the headquartersto strictly observe and enorce the `no-smoking` policy in all rooms, toilets, lobby,and passageways, or the health, saety andwelare o everyone working in the ASEANSecretariat Building."Regional tobacco control advo-cates were quick in congratulating theASEAN leadership or "a determined andprogressive stance that unequivocallyexpresses where the region`s governmentsshould stand with respect to curbing tobaccouse." SEATCA Director Bungon Ritthiphakdee,on behal o the alliance o tobacco controladvocates rom around the region said, "TheASEAN secretariat`s leadership by exampleisn`t merely symbolic. It ollows through ona commitment and is concrete in action."The ASEC Health and Commu-nicable Diseases Division with the support o SEATCA and WHO, wants to strengthen theimplementation o the ASEAN Secretary-General`s memorandum on Smoke-reeWorking Environments.Dr. Surin had issued amemorandum or a smoke-ree ASEANSecretariat as early as 2009, but theceremony in May was intended to buildmomentum and ormally introduce theASEAN Secretariat to the internationalcommunity as a smoke-ree building.
Smokeree ASEAN Events
Another smoke-ree initiativeendorsed at the 6th ASEAN Senior OcialMeeting on Health Development in NyaPyi Taw, Myanmar in July 2011 is thedevelopment o a policy to make all eventssanctioned by the ASEAN Secretariat to besmoke-ree. This means events shall only beconducted in smoke-ree places or venuesand a sign stating "This is a Smoke-reeMeeting (Function) with the No Smokingsign placed below it shall be placed atentrances o venues – unction halls andmeeting rooms.Moreover, at the beginningo every event, all participants shall beinormed that "This is a Smoke-ree ASEANEvent. Smoking is only allowed outside thebuilding." The organizer o the event shall beresponsible or the strict observance o thispolicy.This policy has been developed toprotect all participants to ASEAN unctionsor events rom exposure to secondhandsmoke as well as to promote a non-smokingnorm in ASEAN member states.
TOP: ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan at the launch o the No Smoking signage at the ASEAN Secretariat. BOTTOM: Dr. Surin with Dr. Khanchit Limpakarnjanarat o the World Health Organizationand Dr. Domilyn Villarreiz o Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). (Photos courtesy o SEATCA)
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The articles were contributed by the ocal point rom each o the ASEAN health subsidiary bodies.The Association o Southeast Asian Nations was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States o the Association are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines,Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The ASEAN Secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. General inormation on ASEAN appears online at the ASEAN Website: www.asean.org.Catalogue-in-Publication DataASEAN e-Health Bulletin. Jakarta: ASEAN Secretariat, June 2012.613.059
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