ARMENIA'S MINISTRY OF HEALTH DECIDES TO BEGIN FIGHT AGAINST SMOKING
JUST FROM PHYSICIANS



YEREVAN, MARCH 1. ARMINFO. Ministry of Health of Armenia decided to
begin the fight against tobacco smoking just from physician,
forbidding smoking in medical institutions and in public places.

As ARMINFO was informed, today Minister of Health of the Republic of
Armenia Norayr Davidian, who smokes, by the way, warned the employees
of the Ministry of Health <if I see anybody smoking, I will
punish>. The resource did not said what punishment will be applied,
but it is known that already today no smoking employees of was seen in
the Ministry. It is considered that the physicians, lawyers and
journalists smoke the most.

As non-smoker Coordinator of Anti-Tobacco Program of the Ministry of
Health Alexander Bazarjian told ARMINFO, World Health Organization has
ordered arrangements under the slogan "Physicians and tobacco" were
held in all the member-countries of WHO. According to this initiative
the medical association of Armenia will organize a number of
anti-tobacco measures, Bazarjian mentioned.