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Burma To Ban Tobacco And Alcohol Advertising - 2004-02-25


Burma is planning to completely ban all tobacco and alcohol advertising on billboards next month.

A report in this week's Myanmar Times newspaper quotes a health ministry official as saying all tobacco and alcohol billboards will have to come down by the end of March. This extends an action first taken in 2002 prohibiting new billboards for these products.

Health Ministry official Nyo Nyo Kyaing also tells the newspaper that proposed legislation could lead to a total ban on tobacco and alcohol advertising.

Last year, Burma accepted the World Health Organization's program on tobacco control and it banned smoking in some public places.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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