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Health bodies push for new law on tobacco

Six key public health organisations and allies Thursday vowed to support the new draft of Tobacco Control Act and called on the government and the National Legislative Assembly to push this law through to protect children and youth.

They also called on the lawmakers to see through the excuses and twisted facts provided by tobacco |firms and not let them interfere in the legislation procedure.

At an academic conference in Chiang Mai province, the group also said that their campaign, via, had won over 12 million signatures as of Tuesday, and their target for 15 million signatures would easily be achieved when the law is up for deliberation in six months.

The organisations behind the campaign include the Thai Public Health Club, the Mohanamai Network Foundation and the Health Professional Association of Thailand.

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