The UN body has hoped that the Act will prove milestone in controlling smoking, considered as the main problem of public health and diseases caused by consumption of tobacco products.
At a function organised by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day in the Capital today, Nepal chief of WHO Dr Lin Aung said the role of Nepal in controlling tobacco products is praiseworthy.
According to WHO, 15,000 Nepalis die untimely due to tobacco. Nepal had signed the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control in 2003 and ratified in 2006. To implement the convention, Nepal brought in the Act for the first time in South Asia.
On the occasion, Dr Aung also honoured MoHP Secretary Dr Sudha Sharma for her role in controlling tobacco.
Addressing the function, Minister for Health Shakti Bahadur Basnet stressed for effective implementation of Tobacco Product (Control and Regulations) Act 2068.