Smoking rules get high praise

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Anti-to­bacco ad­vo­cates wel­comed a new draft reg­u­la­tion of the na­tional smoking con­trol for pub­lic places, but said it could be strength­ened even more.

The draft would ban smoking in pub­lic places and ban all forms of to­bacco ad­ver­tis­ing, spon­sor­ship and pro­mo­tion of to­bacco prod­ucts, as well as smoking scenes in films and TV shows.

The draft also re­quires a graphic warn­ing on cig­a­rette pack­ages that cov­ers at least half of the pack­age space.

Speak­ing highly of the ban on cig­a­rette sales to mi­nors, Gan Quan, China di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Union Against Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and Lung Dis­ease, pointed to a lack of a ban on to­bacco re­tail­ers near schools.

China has more than 300 mil­lion smok­ers and 740 mil­lion other peo­ple are ex­posed to sec­ond­hand smoke each year.

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