Second-hand smoke exposure declines
Second-hand smoke exposure has dropped in China despite an increase of 15 million smokers in the past five years, according to a domestic smoking report.
Compared with 2010, the second-hand smoking exposure rate fell from 34.6 percent to 17.2 percent in primary and middle schools and from 54.9 percent to 38.1 percent in government buildings, said the report released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Second-hand smoke exposure also dropped in workplaces, restaurants, public transport vehicles and medical institutions.
China’s smoking population has increased to 316 million, or 27.7 percent of the total targeted population, according to the report, which surveyed 15,095 people aged 15 years or more in urban and rural areas.