Navigation Links
China Bans Smoking at Olympics

China will risk the wrath of the country's 350 million smokers today by declaring the site of the Beijing Olympics a smoke-free zone .

"It will be applied in all Olympic venues and restaurants," The Telegraph quoted Zhang Jianshu, a city spokesman, as saying.

A sign of the passions the issue can raise has already been seen at the stadiums for next year's games.

Earlier this month, an attempt by security guards to stop construction workers taking a cigarette break in a no smoking zone degenerated into a drunken brawl, with several workers injured.

The decision comes even as The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged China to take comprehensive measures to curtail smoking, as cigarette-related deaths in the country are likely to more than double by 2020.

According to Henk Bekedam, the WHO's representative in China, smoking is "socially and economically devastating" for the country, which is the world's biggest producer of tobacco.

"The death toll from diseases associated with tobacco is about one million Chinese annually, a figure that is expected to increase to 2.2 million per year by 2020 if smoking rates remain unchanged," he said in a statement ahead of World No Tobacco Day on Thursday.

China is responsible for a third of the worlds cigarette manufacturing output and the government rakes in massive profits, as it runs a tobacco monopoly.

"Fighting tobacco is not easy, especially when there is a state monopoly on tobacco production," Bekedam said.

He urged authorities to raise tobacco taxes, ban cigarette advertising and issue stronger warning labels on tobacco products. He also said there should be an increase in smoke-free areas.

The government has banned smoking on public transport but it is still allowed in many public places, including restaurants.

Bekedam added that the 2008 Beijing Olympics were a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to change smokers' behaviour.

The tobacco industry has also fought back. Zhang Baozhen, an industry official who is also a member of the National People's Congress, the parliament, has said that a ban could cause "social instability" - the Chinese leadership's greatest fear.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. China tells officials not to hide SARS damage
2. China reports declining number of SARS Cases
3. China says patient may have SARS
4. 15 Anti-SARS Drugs Identified By China-Europe Team of Researchers
5. Adverse Effects Associated with Unauthorised Hepatitis A Vaccine in China
6. Pig Bacterium (Streptococcus suis) Kills 24 In China
7. Watch Out! Pollution hazard from E-waste recycling in India & China
8. French Fries In Cancer Controversy In China
9. China To Distribute Free Condoms To Combat AIDS/HIV
10. HIV Cases Steadily Increasing In China With The Toll Over 1.26 Lakh
11. India And China Discuss Import Of Encephalitis Vaccine
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the ... In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, ... just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 ... dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery ... are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that ... chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent ... special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for a Fair ... hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same rate as ... the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. , The ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... publication Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a ... that “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... DUBLIN , June 23, 2016 ... the "Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical ... Preservative), Formulation (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast ... The global pharmaceutical excipients ... 2021 at a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" report ... The report contains up to date financial data derived from ... of major trends with potential impact on the market during ... market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional and country ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology and ... platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 nd ... 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A demonstration ... of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will be ... is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: