New Smoking Ban in China


Health experts say that smoking ban in China will not help to reduce the number of smokers in the country. It was estimated that today in China there are almost 350 million smokers. All them soon will face smoking ban that Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission is going to implement till the end of the year.

It should be said that previous attempts to implement smoking bans in 2008 and 2011 have failed. Chinese government says this occured because smoking bans took the public by surprise.  Bernhard Schwartlander, the WHO representative for China, told the success of smoking ban depends on education.

He noted that people in China know less about negative effects of smoking. Thus only 25% of Chinese adult people have understanding of hazards of smoking less than one-third of adult people know about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Dr. Liu Mingqiao  from Chaoyang Hospital in Beijing considers that it will be difficult to adopt the smoking ban because China is a very big country and for such a country it would be a difficult task. The implementation would require more time. Also the fees for rules violation is important. The higher, the better.

People often ask if government officials will also be punished like ordinary people  and this issue also should be taken into account for proposed smoking ban.

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