YEREVAN, Armenia – On February 26, 2019, Dr. Arusyak Harutyunyan, MD, MPH, Senior Researcher and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia (AUA) Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), was invited to participate in a press conference at Armenpress news agency, the national news company of the Republic of Armenia (RA).
The press conference aimed to highlight the “Smoke-free environment for all” initiative, health consequences of secondhand smoke exposure, and benefits of smoking ban in public places. Dr. Harutyunyan emphasized that the new draft legislation for tobacco control, developed by the RA Ministry of Health, offers a comprehensive approach to tobacco control.
“Armenia has embarked upon an effective tobacco control strategy that includes not only banning smoking in public places, but also several important components related to public education, social advertising, and smoking cessation assistance by healthcare providers, ban of advertising of tobacco products, and so on. I want to state that this is the most comprehensive draft tobacco control law in Armenia,” Dr. Harutyunyan stated at the press conference.
The AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.
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