Sec­ond-hand smoke ex­po­sure de­clines

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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