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China, home of 350 million smokers, to ban all tobacco promotions by 2011

China, home of 350 million smokers, to ban all tobacco promotions by 2011

China will ban all types of tobacco advertising and promotions by 2011, fulfilling its obligations under an international anti-smoking treaty, officials and state media said Wednesday.
An estimated 350 million Chinese are smokers, accounting for more than one-quarter of the world's total. Tobacco-related diseases kill about 1 million people in China every year _ a key factor behind the government's growing willingness to cut back despite its profitable monopoly.
All forms of tobacco promotion, including sporting event sponsorships, will be banned by 2011, the China Daily newspaper said, citing Xu Guihua, vice president of the China Tobacco Control Association.
The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control requires signers to ban tobacco promotions within five years, a director of the China Tobacco Control Association, surnamed Wang, told The Associated Press.
China became a formal member of the convention last January, China Daily said.


Updated : 2021-03-01 06:59 GMT+08:00