PHNOM PENH (Bernama) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday he has successfully quit smoking after trying to drop the habit for more than a decade, Xinhua news agency reported.
“I have successfully given up smoking after struggling to quit for nearly 15 years,” he said at a graduation ceremony for more than 2,000 students at Chamroeun University of Poly-Technology.
“These days there is no smell of cigarette smoke in my house,” Hun said.
The 62-year-old prime minister said he had not smoked in the last eight months.
Cambodia issued a circular banning smoking in public venues and workplaces in February.
Mom Kong, executive director of Cambodia Movement for Health, said some 10,000 Cambodians die from tobacco-related diseases every year.
Cambodian smokers spent around US$100 million on cigarettes and tobacco annually.
A national adult tobacco survey in 2011 showed some 1.4 Cambodian adults smoked cigarettes.