China to Introduce National Smoking Ban in Public Places

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A national regulation banning smoking in public places is expected to be issued by the end of this year, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

The regulation is undergoing legislative process, Mao Qun’an, an official with the commission, said on the sidelines of the Ninth Global Conference on Health Promotion, which is being held in Shanghai from Monday to Thursday.

Banning smoking in public places through a legal approach is important for promoting health, Mao said, adding that non-smokers should learn to safeguard smoke-free environments in public areas by using the law.

“There has been a global consensus that we should minimize the harm of tobacco to health via tightening tobacco control in public places,” Mao said.

According to Mao, the Chinese government will enhance public education in tobacco harm and introduce legislative or fiscal measures, such as reforming taxes and prices of tobacco products, in a bid to meet the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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