By The Nation
Anti-smoking events were organised at various corners of the country on Thursday.
In Songkhla province, Islamic organisations also launched a campaign to declare mosques “smoke-free zones”.
“Smoke-free area” signs were erected at every mosque in Songkhla.
At the Yamee-ulmultakeen Mosque in the province’s Hat Yai district, campaigners actively urged Muslims to abstain from smoking during the ongoing month of Ramadan.
This year, Ramadan runs from May 17 to June 15.
Muslims abstain from food, smoking and other indulgences from dawn till sunset during the holy month. Activists, therefore, believe it can be a good start for smokers to try to shake off their smoking habit.
In Phitsanulok province, the Buddhachinaraj Hospital invited smokers to its anti-smoking clinic for counselling and nicotine-free gum.
The hospital’s deputy director, Dr Tomorn Thongsri, said smoking had many negative impacts on health.
“It’s bad for the lungs, heart and blood vessels,” he said.
In Bangkok, the Siriraj Hospital organised a seminar on the dangers of smoking so as to encourage people to stay clear of cigarettes.
Free counselling was also provided to people who wanted advice on how to quit smoking.