Views: 5997|Replies: 21

Still challenges in anti-smoking fight   [Copy link] 中文

Rank: 6Rank: 6

Post time 2015-1-3 19:07:11 |Display all floors
CHINA’S anti-smoking campaign saw significant progress in 2014, thanks to legislation at both the national and local levels.

During a recent health forum in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, experts agreed that the country’s growing emphasis on the rule of law had advanced tobacco control legislation. However, obstacles to its implementation remained.

Last January, a circular required officials to take the lead by not smoking in public.

In November, the Beijing municipal legislature passed an anti-smoking bill to ban smoking in all indoor public places, workplaces as well as on public transport. It is due to take effect in June.

Also in November, the State Council’s legislative affairs office released a draft regulation for public comment which would ban smoking in indoor public places and outdoor spaces, including schools and hospitals; all forms of tobacco advertising; sponsorship and promotion of tobacco products; and smoking scenes involving minors in films and on TV.

Li Xiaoliang, director of the Pioneers for Health Consultancy Center in Yunnan, said that since the country ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005, the Chinese government and grassroots organizations had go together to promote the anti-smoking cause.

However, tobacco control legislation still lacks solid public support, since a large number of the country’s smokers and passive smokers are not fully aware of the damage tobacco causes to health and social development, Li said.

As the world’s largest tobacco maker and consumer, China has more than 300 million smokers and another 740 million people exposed to second-hand smoke.

Many law enforcers themselves are not fully aware of the harm of smoking, making strict enforcement of the law difficult at times, said Shen Shouwen, professor at Yunnan University in Kunming.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

Post time 2015-1-3 19:50:39 |Display all floors
Selling cigarettes in China is a huge business. Company called China National Tobacco has 98% marketshare in China and they make over 160 different brands. 7% of all government income comes from selling tobacco and it employs 500000 people.

Most Chinese men smoke and China is probably the only big tobacco market where the where the market is growing.

Personally I think that only a total idiot smokes and find it very annoying. Luckily in Finland smoking is pretty much banned in all places except in your own home and outside (banned in many outdoor areas too).

We can only see change here after people start realizing how bad smoking is for them and people around them and when government is ready to give up some of the money around tobacco industry.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 3Rank: 3

Post time 2015-1-3 20:07:42 |Display all floors
The problem is in China thatonly laws, bills and regulations are passed but not enforced.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

Post time 2015-1-4 02:17:40 |Display all floors
I am looking forward to the day I can go to a 'no-smoking' restaurant and for this to be enforced.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

Post time 2015-1-4 04:33:47 |Display all floors
BlondeAmber Post time: 2015-1-4 02:17
I am looking forward to the day I can go to a 'no-smoking' restaurant and for this to be enforced.

One of my favourite things in China was to go complain to smokers in restaurants who were smoking next to a no smoking sign. It was also a good way to practice my Chinese. I once even called the Shanghai restaurant complain line about it. I didn't go to that place again though

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

2016 Most Popular Member 2015 Most Popular Member 2014 Most Popular Member

Post time 2015-1-4 06:24:23 |Display all floors
Fischkopp Post time: 2015-1-3 20:07
The problem is in China thatonly laws, bills and regulations are passed but not enforced.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

2016 Most Popular Member 2015 Most Popular Member 2014 Most Popular Member

Post time 2015-1-4 06:24:44 |Display all floors
Fischkopp Post time: 2015-1-3 20:07
The problem is in China thatonly laws, bills and regulations are passed but not enforced.

Use magic tools Report

You can't reply post until you log in Log in | register

BACK TO THE TOP
Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email: blog@chinadaily.com.cn
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.