China: The largest tobacco consumer worldwide
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Ming emperors located about 50 kms
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Future of smoking ban in China looks hazy.
China committed itself to enforce the indoor smoke-free environment within
five years when it signed
on to the 'World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control'
in January 2006.
The five years are soon up, and it is the time to make good on the pledge.
To that end, the Ministry
of Health held a press conference earlier this week, to declare that smoking
should be banned in all
public venues, workplaces and on transportation by 2011. It also vowed
to ban smoking in all its offices
in four months and said all hospitals should go smoke-free by 2011. To
drive the message home further,
ministry employees will no longer be allowed to give cigarettes as gifts,
a common tradition in Chinese's
business culture. However, Jiang Yuan, the vice director of the CDC Tobacco
Control Office of China,
fears that it is almost impossible to realize this target next year for
China. She said only a few cities
in China have so far approved local tobacco-control regulation, such as
Shanghai, Hangzhou and Guangzhou,
but even there the smoking ban is mostly targeting offices and public working
areas, excluding restaurants
or bars. She said that without national legislation, the WHO requirement
is unlikely to be achieved.
Source: The Wall Street Journal May 14, 2010
Smoking ban in all indoor public places, work places, and public transportation
Yang Qing, an official from China's Ministry of Health of China, disclosed
at a recent press conference that,
from January 2011, smoking will be banned entirely from all indoor public
places, work places, on public
transportation, and other areas on the Chinese mainland. In May 2009, several
numbers of departments
including the Ministry of Health, State Administration of Traditional Chinese
Medicine jointly issued a
document, which asked all military medical institutions and at least 50%
of other hospitals to ban smoking
entirely to prepare for the year 2011 ban.
Source: China Retail News.com. May 26, 2010
For creating legislation on stopping smoking at public venues and workplaces
Chinese's cities set to order ban on smoking to protect people from exposure
to secondhand smoke. Seven
cities of Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenyang, Harbin, Nanchang, Lanzhou, Shenzhen,
will take the first steps in
creating legislation on stopping smoking at public venues and workplaces.
However, smoking is allowed in
certain areas open for people, facing problems that the enforcement of
smoking bans is rather poor. People
in Chana, which is known as the largest tobacco consumer, can finally enjoy
a smoke-free environment,
with the support of the pilot cities municipal governments and legislatures.
China has 350 million smokers. Official statistics show 540 million non-smokers
are exposed to the hazards
of secondhand smoke. One million smoking-related deaths are reported each
year in China, passive smoking
causes around 100,000 deaths annually in the country. "In that regard,
the project, if realized, would help
save millions of lives through reducing tobacco consumption and reducing
secondhand smoking," said Dr Sinead
Jones with Union."The project would be scaled up to cover the whole
nation in the future to protect more
people from smoking," said Wang. Xie Zhiyong, professor with the China
University of Political Science and
Law, said by weighing the benefits and risks of tobacco. The country should
take bolder steps in smoking
and tobacco control. For smoking bans in public places, legislation comes
Official statistics show smoking costs the nation more than 252 billion
yuan ($37 billion) each year in medical
costs, fire and environmental pollution, far beyond the tax revenue generated
from the industry. At present,
health administrations are in command of prohibiting smoking in venues
open to a public, which are usually
poorly staffed, and some local governments count heavily on the tobacco
industry as a major source of tax
revenue, which as a result makes smoking more difficult to control, he
said, adding that tobacco companies
in China are all State-owned. Smoking control might be the first step towards
tobacco control, which needs
support from the decision maker, the legislature and the media, Xie Zhiyong
Source: China Daily, January 18.2010
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