Date
22 September 2017
China aims to tighten anti-tobacco laws as it faces a mounting healthcare crisis. Photo: WSJ
China aims to tighten anti-tobacco laws as it faces a mounting healthcare crisis. Photo: WSJ

China eyes tougher tobacco controls

China is considering a ban on tobacco advertising and smoking in public places under a draft legislation unveiled Monday.

The proposed new rules, published on the website of the State Council, call for ban on smoking in indoor, public places as well as the outdoor areas of locations ranging from hospitals to schools to fitness venues, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Meanwhile, tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion will not be allowed in any form.

In other measures, smoking scenes in films and TV will be cut and cigarette sales through vending machines will be prohibited, according to the report.

The planned new rules come as the world’s most populous nation faces a smoking-related health crisis.

According to the World Health Organization, smoking kills more than one million Chinese each year and exacts a huge toll on the nation’s healthcare system.

The new regulations will impact state-owned China National Tobacco Corp., which holds a monopoly on tobacco in the country. 

“We can be fairly confident that the tobacco industry will take issue with the draft,” the Journal quoted Angela Pratt, head of the WHO’s tobacco control program in China, as saying.

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