Ha Noi has unveiled a plan to develop ‘no-smoking’ tourism zones in an attempt to build a friendly and civilised image for both domestic and international visitors.
The plan aims to establish models, such as “no-smoking tourist sites”, “no-smoking restaurants and hotels” and “no-smoking offices”, particularly in popular public spots, such as the Old Quarter, shopping malls and the Hoan Kiem Lake.
Besides posters and leaflets, the city will also make the most of media and radio stations to spread messages on the harmful effects of smoking across the city.
Inter-sector inspections will be conducted and fines will be levied on violators.
Tourism is an important economic sector, which contributes a considerable share to Ha Noi’s budget.
In 2014, the capital city welcomed 16.5 million tourists, including 3 million international tourists, up 16 per cent from 2013.
Viet Nam’s Law on Tobacco Harm Prevention, which took effect on May 1, 2013, bans smoking in public places, but the regulation has not been enforced effectively.