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October 24, 2011. Antismoking Exhibition in National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia

On October 24, 2011 the National Assembly (NA) of the Republic of Armenia’s Green Hall hosted an anti-smoking exhibition dedicated to National No Tobacco Day.  This exhibition resulted from the joint efforts of the Center for Health Services Research and Development of American University of Armenia (AUA/CHSR) and two youth art education centers, namely, the College-Studio of the National Center of Aesthetics and the Art School after Avet Terteryan.  The young artists’ work expressed their understanding of, and attitude toward, the problem of smoking, involuntary smoking and non-smokers’ right to smoke-free air.  The young artists were very excited and pleased to interpret their paintings to NA Chairman, NA members, guests and media representatives.

Ara Babloyan, Chair of the Standing Committee on Health Care, Maternity and Childhood commenced the exhibition stating that studies have shown that smoking is the cause of illness, disability, and death among millions of people.  Mr. Babloyan added that in recent years the NA has taken steps towards tobacco control in Armenia by implementing legislative changes.  Moreover, he noted that several NA members quit smoking in the last four years, and thanked Hovik Abrahamyan, Chairman of NA, for serving as an excellent example of one who maintains a healthy and smoke-free lifestyle.

Hovik Abrahamyan urged Armenians to quit smoking and adopt a healthy lifestyle. In order for NA members to serve as a model for society, Mr. Abrahamyan stressed that they should quit smoking.   To encourage this, he proposed that the third floor of RA NA building where NA sessions take place become a smoke-free area.

Dr. Narine Movsisyan, Senior Programs Manager at AUA/CHSR on behalf of the Coalition for Tobacco Free Armenia urged NA members to discuss the new legislative package on tobacco control without delay, saying, “Make your contribution for the healthy future of our children.”