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Nepal leading tobacco control in South Asia: Will it spiral domino effect on other nations?

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Smoking and smokeless tobacco banned in public

Nepal has taken a major leap by banning use of smoking forms of tobacco as well as of smokeless tobacco forms in public places. "Tobacco Control and Regulatory Act 2011 bans use of all forms of tobacco (both smoking and smokeless tobacco use) at public places. Public places include public transports also," said Dr Bam to Citizen News Service (CNS).

Let's hope Nepal's strong commitment to tobacco control despite industry pressure will mobilize other nations in the South Asian region and globally to accelerate implementation of gold-standard tobacco-control measures on the ground.

Bobby Ramakant, CNS

(The author is the Health Editor at CNS and WHO Director-General's Awardee 2008. Follow him on Twitter: @bobbyramakant)

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