"BEIJING, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- China's Ministry of Health announced Tuesday it will ban smoking in all public areas, public transportation and indoor places of business.
Ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an said the revised regulations would be sent to the central government for final approval after the ministry finishes writing out the details, reported Xinhua, China's official government-run news agency.
"Educational and medical institutions, and places offering services to children will be among the first places with smoking bans," Mao said.
The policy change follows the Chinese government signing the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in August 2005. The treaty bans all tobacco vending machines and calls for all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship on radio, television, print media and the Internet to be phased out within five years. "
It has to be done in small steps. I agree with the idea to stop it first in educational and medical institutions and also places where there are many children around. Going cold-turkey won't work, but a gradual one could probably be done.
YES YES YES....!!!!!!!!! Thats GREAT!!! Finally people are thinking !!!.... I knew the leaders were smart. Awsome!! Now we just need to enforce it.
People need to be educate via the TV...there needs to be a country wide campain. People need statistics, they need to see tv commericals of the people who die each year and the children it affects and the harm it does to society and the loosing face etc..whatever it takes to stop this nasty addiction. Its killing too many people.
[ Last edited by modeststeam at 2006-12-13 10:01 AM ]
No Smoking signs are useless. Anytime I am in a public building, be it a restaurant or bus station, there will be someone puffing away right next to the sign. It's just a selfish attitude people seem to have... that their craving to smoke out weighs courtesy to others around them. I can't call it "common courtesy" here, because it doesn't seem to be too common.