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UN concerned over tobacco fair in Philippines

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Protesters heckle at foreign delegates attending one of the world's largest tobacco trade shows dubbed ProTobEx ASIA at the World Trade Center at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The protesters assailed the tobacco manufacturers and other industry players allegedly for the smoking-related deaths of 240 Filipinos everyday. The World Health Organization has expressed concern that the Philippines is encouraging smoking by hosting one of the world's largest tobacco trade shows. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)MANILA (AP) — The World Health Organization has expressed concern that the Philippines is encouraging smoking by hosting one of the world’s largest tobacco trade shows.

The two-day fair called ProTobEx ASIA opened Wednesday in the capital’s Pasay city for the second consecutive year. Organizers said they chose the Philippines over other locations in Asia because of its vibrant tobacco industry and the “phenomenal” support of the Pasay city government.

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