China Should Step up Effort to Ban Smoking in Public Indoors
    2011-01-08 16:39:04     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang
 

Indoor public spaces such as restaurants, workplaces, hospitals and public transport are supposed to be smoke free from Jan 9 in China.

On that day five years ago, China ratified the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

However with the deadline days away, the government still hasn't come up with a clear message for the ban.

An editorial from "China Daily" urges China to speed up its effort to ban smoking in public indoors.

The editorial points out the ban is a nut the government must crack, regardless of the immediate impact on tax revenues.

Citing numbers from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the articles says if China fails to reduce tobacco consumption, the number of people killed by cigarettes will double by 2025 and triple by 2050, which is about 1.2 million now annually.

This would cut the productivity of the work force and places a heavy burden on the country's healthcare system.

The article says China has let an opportunity slip to change these statistics for the better. In 2008, China hosted a smoke-free Olympics with six host cities undertaking tobacco control initiatives.

The momentum, however was not strong enough to make the country's public places smoke free.

The editorial suggests that China should strengthen its effort to impose restrictions on smokers as there are no national regulations on banning smoking in public areas.

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