|Story||:||China Bans Public Smoking|
|Source||:||China Central Television (CCTV)|
|Restrictions||:||Not access Chinese mainland|
|Summary||:||2011 China Tobacco Control Report calling for public smoking prohibition|
Chongqing, China – Recent
1. Wide of billboard inside building, reading “Smoke-free Building”
2. Close of billboard
3. Wide of no-smoking billboard on wall in hospital
4. Close of pictures on billboard
5. Mid of people in hospital hallway
6. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) resident in Chongqing:
"If it is carried out (prohibition of smoking in public indoor areas), people who do not smoke will be protected from second-hand smoking. Smokers can smoke in places where they are allowed. I think it is good for the society, for both the non-smokers and smokers".
7. Wide of people walking on street
8. Wide of stairways inside mall
9. Animation of people walking on street
10. Mid of man smoking
11. Close of cigarette
12. Various of people on street smoking
13. Close of cigarette butts
14. Wide of people walking on street
15. Wide of people in mall
16. Mid of people in jewellery store
The 2011 China Tobacco Control Report was released on Thursday by the Tobacco Control Office of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), ahead of the 24th World No-Tobacco Day, which falls on May 31.
According to the 2011 China Tobacco Control Report, China has more than 300 million smokers, and about 740 million people, including 180 children and teenagers, expose themselves to second-hand smoke.
More than one million Chinese people die every year from smoking-related diseases, and more than 100,000 of those cases can be traced back to second-hand smoking, the report said.
Therefore, the call for banning smoking in public places is urgent and is well-received among people. Many say that in this way, people are protected from second-hand smoking and it is good for people’s health.
On the same day, a local draft law that bans indoor smoking in public places was passed in Harbin, the capital city of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, becoming the first law in China to specifically target second-hand smoking.
The standing committee of the city's People's Congress voted and passed the draft Regulations on the Control of Harm Posed by Second-hand Smoking. It will take effect after being approved by the provincial People's Congress, said a spokeswoman for the city government of Harbin.
The regulations, which include all public indoor areas in their definition of "public places", also outline penalties for smokers who light up in public places and harm others with their smoking.
Restaurants, schools and hospitals can face penalties if they allow people to smoke on their premises, according to the regulations. These fines can range from 2,000 to 30,000 yuan. Businesses may also be subjected to the suspension of their business licenses if they break the new law on banning smoking, according to the regulations.
The city's governmental authorities, such as its education department, transportation department and industrial and commercial bureaus, will now be required to supervise bodies under their administration in order to make sure the new regulations on smoking ban are properly enforced.