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HealthBridge Foundation of Canada and GGTC announce Vietnam’s winner of the 2020 STOP Global Media Competition

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HealthBridge Foundation of Canada and GGTC announce Vietnam’s winner of the 2020 STOP Global Media Competition


HealthBridge Foundation of Canada and GGTC announce Vietnam’s winner of the 2020 STOP Global Media Competition

Entries highlight the tobacco industry’s manipulation of youth around the world.

Hanoi, Vietnam/Bangkok, Thailand – HealthBridge Foundation of Canada and the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), a partner in STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog, today proudly announced the Vietnam’s winner of the 2020 STOP Global Media Competition, entitled “Expose Tobacco Industry Manipulation, Save the Next Generation.”

In Vietnam, Ms. Hoang Thi Thu Thuy, won in the Poster for the entry titled “Don’t Be Foolded.” In Vietnam, smoking prevalence among youth from 13-15 years in 2014 is 4.9% (boy) and 0.2% (girl). Total % of youth smoking prevalence is 2.5%.

Twelve global winners were selected from more than 450 entries from over 40 countries, based on a combination of judges’ scoring and online votes. Eight country-specific special prize winners were selected by GGTC’s partner organizations in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

Participants from Nepal and the Philippines won the top prizes in the Simple Graphics Category, while finalists from El Salvador, Nepal, Indonesia, Lebanon, Philippines, and the United States won in the Complex Graphics Category. Entries from Nepal and Indonesia also received the Judges’ Choice Award.

“We received an overwhelming response to this competition. More than 127,000 people reacted, commented and shared the posts on Facebook, and we reached an estimated 500,000 people on GGTC’s social media pages. The entries tell us that the tobacco industry’s targeting and manipulation of youth persists even during the COVID-19 pandemic, through cigarettes and new electronic products. They put a spotlight on the urgent need for action: Governments must act to stop the industry’s underhanded tactics, or the next generation will suffer the consequences,” said Ms. Bungon Ritthiphakdee, executive director of GGTC, a partner in STOP, which organized the competition.

“We are delighted that so many people joined this effort to expose the tobacco industry’s exploitation of youth and interference in policy around the world. The numerous entries from Vietnam that were reviewed for the competition showcased real creative talent, effective messaging, and a heartfelt commitment to saving youth from a lifetime of addiction,” said Nguyen Thi An from HealthBridge Foundation of Canada. “Together, we can reduce the tobacco epidemic in Vietnam and around the world.”

About the 2020 STOP Global Media Competition

The competition ran from April 28 to May 31, 2020 and built on the theme of World No Tobacco Day 2020: “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use.” Entrants were encouraged to use visual materials like memes, GIFs, digital stickers, posters, infographics, and short videos to expose tobacco industry’s tactics to manipulate the youth. All winning entries can be viewed at

The competition was organized by GGTC, in collaboration with global partners African Tobacco Control Alliance, Association of European Cancer Leagues, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Corporate Accountability, Framework Convention Alliance, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; and country partners Coalition for Tobacco Control Pakistan/Society for Alternative Media and Research Pakistan, Health Bridge Vietnam, HealthJustice Philippines, Lentera Anak Indonesia, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Studies India, National Council for Tobacco Control Indonesia, NGO Advocacy Center “LIFE” Ukraine, PROGGA Knowledge for Progress Bangladesh, and Salud Justa Mexico.


HealthBridge Foundation of Canada and GGTC announce Vietnam’s winner of the 2020 STOP Global Media Competition

The picture depicts the false face of the tobacco industry when they say one thing and do another. And if you believe in those lies, the next step you face is the grim reaper

Notes to Editors

About HeatlthBridge Foundation of Canada

HealthBridge (HB) is a well-known and credible international NGO working on tobacco control globally. The HB Vietnam (HBV) team consists of staff with backgrounds in: medical science, epidemiology, public health, communication, law, agriculture, and social science. It has solid and successful experience in research, capacity building, advocacy, and public education. Since 1995, HB has been working in Vietnam on various priority public health issues: tobacco control, nutrition, mother and child health, HIV prevention, gender equity, livable cities, and alcohol and NCD control.

About the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control

Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) aims to address the single greatest obstacle to tobacco control, tobacco industry interference. It is a joint initiative of the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). It is also key partner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP) and has been designated as the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Secretariat as the Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3, (treaty provision on countering tobacco industry interference).

About STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products)

STOP is a global tobacco industry watchdog whose mission is to expose the tobacco industry strategies and tactics that undermine public health. STOP is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and is a partnership between The Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and Vital Strategies. For more information, visit


Nguyen Thi An

Country Director

+84 946877046

Bungon Ritthiphakdee

Executive Director