Smoking will be prohibited at schools, hospitals, childcare facilities, amusement parks and on public transportation, as well as in areas vulnerable to fires and explosions, according to a new law set to take effect Wednesday.
The Ministry of Health issued the statement at a recent conference announcing the implementation of the Law on Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms, which will take effect May 1.
Also under the new law, by the end of this year, cigarette packs must contain photos which warn customers of the health hazards associated with smoking. The warning must take up at least half of packs' area.
Currently, tobacco packs in Vietnam only contain written health warnings.
Vietnam is among the 15 countries with the highest smoking rates; one of every 22 male adults in Vietnam is an active cigarette smoker.
Tobacco kills 40,000 people per year in Vietnam; the figure is expected to rise to 70,000 by 2030.