CHINA: Beijing Takes Action To Address Youth Smoking Trend

Beijing will establish new measures to strengthen the enforcement of its existing smoking ban.  This hopes to address the concern about the increasing number of teenagers who smoke.  The Chinese Association on Tobacco Control recently concluded a survey on smoking of about 40,000 students across China.  Survey says that 15.8 percent of the high school students smoke habitually, and 22.5 per cent would consider trying it.  The association traces that the reason for this trend is the lack of a smoke-free environment and the lax enforcement of regulations.  Incidentally, China is the biggest tobacco producer and consumer in the world.

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