Pro­por­tion of smok­ers has fallen, sur­vey finds

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - ByWANG XIAODONG wangx­i­aodong@ chi­

Tobacco con­trol ef­forts have led to a fall in the pro­por­tion of Bei­jing’s pop­u­la­tion who smoke over the past six years, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey re­leased onWed­nes­day— less than two weeks be­fore the cap­i­tal’s tough­est re­stric­tions yet come into force.

The smok­ing rate among peo­ple ages 15 and above was 23.4 per­cent last year, 4 per­cent­age points lower than in 2008. This means there were 4.19 mil­lion­smok­ers in Bei­jing in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the study.

The sur­vey cov­ered 8,484 peo­ple and was con­ducted in 2,548 public ar­eas and work­places, 314 restau­rants and 100 com­mu­ni­ties be­tween May and De­cem­ber last year. It was or­ga­nized by the Bei­jing Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­troland Pre­ven­tion and Cap­i­tal Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity.

The re­sults show a wide dif­fer­ence in the smok­ing rate be­tween men and women, as 43.2 per­cent of males said they smoked, while the fig­ure for fe­males was just 2.4 per­cent. On av­er­age, a smoker lights 14.6 cig­a­rettes a day, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

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