ANTI SMOKING FLASHMOB AT COEX CELEBRATES WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION TOBACCO CONTROL CONFERENCE, SUPPORTS COEX’S BID TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
The World Health Organization’s biennial gathering to amend its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control held this week at Coex, Seoul, comes alongside an variety of movements aimed at promoting the convention and exhibition center and surrounding area as a smoke-free, health and environment conscious space.
A group of volunteer students took to the halls of the Coex center yesterday, Tuesday November 13th, to perform a ‘flash mob’ celebrating the ongoing WHO conference on global Tobacco Control, which welcomes 1,000 delegates from the 176 WHO member countries to Coex. The Minister of Health and Welfare in Korea also hosted a welcoming reception on the opening day of the event. Themes for meetings and seminars at this years’ conference include protocol to prevent international illegal tobacco trade, and measures to reduce tobacco farming which are being deemed controversial for the effects on tobacco farmers worldwide.
Although the Coex and Seoul Trade Tower complex is already a no-smoking area, the Gangnam District last month further declared the large outdoor area stretching from Samseong subway station and across the Coex Plaza as a no smoking zone. The decision comes as part of a district wide push to improve the air quality of pedestrian-heavy areas.
In related activity, the Korean Government also recently unveiled plans to implement smoking bans on all indoor public areas throughout South Korea by the year 2020.
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