China May Ban Smoking in Public Places

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March 10 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle reports on China possibly creating and drafting a law that would ban smoking in public places. He speaks to Rishaad Salamat on Bloomberg Television’s “Asia Edge.” (Source: Bloomberg)


But it would be a hard habit to break.

Stephen engle has been looking into this and how will they make this happen?

He's a going to happen?

-- how is it going to happen?

Like many things and china, it's all in the of the mentation and the enforcement.

Those are the biggest challenges.

The government did start ordering manning smoke -- banning smoking in public places.

Anyone who was there could see plenty of smoking going on on the steps of the great hall of the people.

China's minister of health and family planning says they are actively promoting the creation of a national law against public smoking.

Drafting of the law began last year.

The aim is to have a state counsel possibly issue a van for smoking in indoor places like restaurants and hotel lobbies.

Why now?

Health care costs are soaring in china and many more people are dying of smoking-related diseases.

Don't take my word for it in take a look at the statistics.

About one million people die each year from tobacco-related illness in china.

This could increase to 3 million deaths a year by 2050 if we do not take an action.

Almost certain, 40% of the adult chinese population smoke.

Tobacco causes 20% of all cancer deaths and 70% of all lung cancer deaths.

These are terrible statistics.

At the end of the day, there is one very powerful group that will deaths that against this.

-- will be dead set against this.

The tobacco industry won't like this at all.

China gets more than $95 billion at least in annual tax revenue from tobacco-related sales.

And the tobacco association is truly a monopoly.

This is the regulator.

It also runs the china national tobacco corp.

That is a monopoly and it is a regulator.

The u.s. has dropped tobacco-related deaths and the same needs to happen here.

But they need reforms that are

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