Sup­port seen for na­tion­wide smok­ing ban

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Even some smok­ers in China sup­port a na­tion­wide smoke-free law, par­tic­u­larly in work­places, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion and other health agen­cies.

The re­port, com­piled by the WHO, the In­ter­na­tional Tobacco Con­trol Pol­icy Eval­u­a­tion Project and the Chi­nese Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, noted that in China, 740 mil­lion non­smok­ers, in­clud­ing 182 mil­lion chil­dren, are ex­posed to sec­ond­hand smoke at least once a day.

The re­port comes as China is mulling a na­tional ban on smok­ing in pub­lic places to pro­tect non­smok­ers from pas­sive smoke.

About 100,000 peo­ple die in China each year as a re­sult of sec­ond­hand smoke, the re­port said.

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