Monday, 13 January 2014

Lancet welcomes China's new anti-smoking laws but questions whether they will be implemented

An editorial in the Lancet has welcomed the Chinese government's recent announcement of increased anti-smoking measures to be led by government officials. However, the medical journal queations whether the new rules will be effectively implemented given the large number of smokers and the way that smoking is embedded in everyday life in China. It also questions whether the Chinese government will be willing to forfeit the huge revenues from tobacco.
The next step is to introduce a full ban on smoking in indoor areas and increase taxes on tobacco, the journal says.

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