According to a report by Cambodian media Phnompenhpost on January 10, the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will issue a strict "smoke-free campaign" policy.
An anonymous Cambodian sports official said: "I know that smoking is bad for my health and the health of people around me, but if I don't smoke, I feel uneasy, as if there is a sour taste in my mouth, and I only feel relaxed when I smoke." But he He emphasized that he would try to stay away from other people's smoking to ensure that it did not affect others.
This "smoking-free sports" policy will prohibit smoking in athletes' residences, training grounds, competition spectator areas and venues, as well as the distribution of all kinds of cigarettes. The policy expects all persons associated with sporting events to cease posting any images related to smoking, distribution of cigarettes or promotion of tobacco products.
Hang Chuon, Cambodia’s Minister of Education for School Sports and Student Affairs, launched the guidelines for the “Tobacco-Free Campaign” campaign on December 27, 2023, and released them widely on January 4, 2024.
Minister of Education Hangchun pointed out, "The implementation of this policy aims to cultivate a smoke-free sports culture, maximize competitiveness, and at the same time prevent health problems caused by smoking to athletes, organizers and spectators."
Additionally, the guidelines prohibit the sale, distribution and advertising of tobacco products in athletes' residences, training grounds, competition venues, spectator areas and stadiums. All sports leagues and sports clubs are required to incorporate a "smoke-free sport" approach into their regulations.