Cig­a­rette sales tick down­ward in Bei­jing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WANG XIAODONG wangx­i­aodong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The num­ber of cigarettes sold in Bei­jing last year de­creased by 8 per­cent yearon-year, the big­gest de­cline in re­cent years, ac­cord­ing to a re­port on pop­u­la­tion health re­leased by the Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day.

Among peo­ple age 15 or older in Bei­jing, the per­cent­age who smoke de­creased to 22.3 per­cent last year, a drop of 4.7 per­cent from 2014. The to­tal num­ber of smok­ers de­creased by about 200,000, the re­port said.

The num­ber of cigarettes sold in Bei­jing last year reached 93.8 bil­lion, the re­port said, cit­ing the Bei­jing Bureau of Statis­tics.

The num­ber of cigarettes sold in Bei­jing climbed from 2012 to a peak in 2014 be­fore be­gin­ning to de­cline in 2015.

Bei­jing adopted one of the strictest to­bacco con­trol reg­u­la­tions in China in June 2015. It bans smok­ing in all in­door public ar­eas and work­places, as well as a num­ber of out­door ar­eas, in­clud­ing schools and hospitals where women or chil­dren are pre­sent.

Last year the city’s health au­thor­i­ties in­spected more than 95,000 public places and or­dered own­ers of more than 5,000 of them to rec­tify prob­lems and com­ply with the to­bacco con­trol reg­u­la­tion.

Fines to­tal­ing 1.3 mil­lion yuan ($192,000) were handed to busi­nesses in 433 cases, while in­di­vid­ual smok­ers were

Num­ber of cigarettes sold in Bei­jing last year, down by 8 per­cent year-on-year

fined a to­tal of 104,000 yuan, the re­port said.

Of Bei­jing’s es­ti­mated 4 mil­lion smok­ers, 15.5 per­cent last year were con­sid­er­ing quit­ting in the next 12 months, com­pared with 11.6 per­cent in 2014, the re­port said.

Al­though to­bacco con­trol reg­u­la­tions are in force in Bei­jing, vi­o­la­tions con­tinue to take place at en­ter­tain­ment venues and in restau­rants and of­fice build­ings, said Wang Ben­jin, deputy di­rec­tor of the city’s Health In­spec­tion Bureau.

“To­bacco con­trol is a longterm task, and per­sis­tent ef­forts are needed to achieve dra­matic de­clines in vi­o­la­tions,” he said.

Some other ma­jor cities, in­clud­ing Shang­hai, Guangzhou, Shen­zhen and Hangzhou, have also adopted to­bacco con­trol reg­u­la­tions, but rules at the na­tional level have not been cre­ated, the re­port noted.

It added that, in gen­eral, health con­di­tions of per­ma­nent Bei­jing res­i­dents are close to the level of de­vel­oped coun­tries. The life ex­pectancy for res­i­dents with Bei­jing house­hold reg­is­tra­tion in 2016 reached 82.03 years, sec­ond only to Shang­hai, which reached 83.13 years, the re­port said.

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