Smoking Bans in China

9 Mar

The most populous country in the world also has the highest number of smokers within the country. Between 1980 and 2012, China gained almost 100 million smokers, with 24.2% of the population being identified as smokers (NY Times).  A statistic quoted by Business Insider (2012) claims that an average of 50,000 cigarettes are consumed every second in China.

Cigarette smoke, along with air pollution is certainly affecting the health of Chinese people, and it appears the government are beginning to notice. A partial ban has begun to be implemented in public places and schools, but the extent to which these will be successful is highly controversial. The tobacco industry is highly connected to the government, providing 6% of official revenue in 2012 (The Economist, 2014). Due to this, tobacco legislation needs to be carefully looked at in China.

 

The Economist (2014). The tobacco industry: Government coughers. Available: http://www.economist.com/news/china/21597958-smoking-course-kill-100m-chinese-people-century-will-latest-anti-smoking. Last accessed 9th March 2014

 

New York Times. (2014). Smoking Prevalence Steady in China, but Numbers Rise. Available: http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/09/smoking-prevalence-steady-in-china-but-numbers-rise/. Last accessed 9th March 2014

 

Business Insider. (2012). 17 Facts About China That Will Blow Your Mind. Available: http://www.businessinsider.com/amazing-facts-about-china-2010-12#chinese-consume-50000-cigarettes-every-second-6. Last accessed 9th March 2014

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