China Bans Smoking in Schools

Now schools will have to stop posting tobacco ads and selling cigarettes on campus

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A boy smokes a cigarette as he plays with fire crackers near Zaojie in southwest China's Sichuan province

China has banned cigarettes in schools as part of a nationwide initiative to stop smoking, state media reported Wednesday.

In China, which is the world’s largest consumer of cigarettes and tobacco products, smoking is common in public places like schools and hospitals. But the looming public health crisis has caused Chinese officials to intensify their efforts to kick the national habit.

The latest ban, imposed by the Ministry of Education, forbids smoking in kindergarten, elementary and middle schools, and requires schools set up designated smoking areas, Reuters reports. Smoking is also forbidden in vocational schools and all academic buildings. Schools are also now forbidden from posting tobacco advertisements on campus, seeking sponsorship from cigarette brands, and selling cigarettes in school canteens.

Anti-smoking efforts have always been difficult in China, because of the nation’s powerful tobacco lobby. But the school smoking ban is part of a larger effort to crack down on smoking in China’s public areas.

[Reuters]

98 comments
Justice Simpson
Justice Simpson

But why would anyone choose to smoke? Completely senseless behavior.

PhytoProf
PhytoProf

Smokers can protect themselves against many of the more serious lung and cardiovascular damage by taking an extract of the red wine grape, called transmax-resveratrol. A recently published double blind human clinical trial at the University of Torino Medical School concluded that transmax protects against lung inflammation, solid tumor cancers, oxidative damage, and many of the other types of lung damage and immune deficiencies caused by prolonged tobacco use. A patent was awarded for the use of Resveratrol against COPD, a lung disorder that affects almost all smokers, as well as many industrial workers.


Transmax is already well known for its anti-diabetes and cardiovascular benefits. This new human trial should be at least some good news for long time smokers, but they will not find it on CNN or MSNBC.  When this study was released the scientific and medical press covered it extensively, but NO mainstream media picked it up. There is simply too much money in tobacco to worry about the health and life span of smokers, including the kids who are taking it up, and whom it will kill.

Jane Yao
Jane Yao

Ok Gwayne, no child is allowed to smoke in family I see! At least in big cities. Schoolboys smoke behind their parents, I know that!!!

Rebecca Brandon
Rebecca Brandon

OMG ! This world has spiralled into INSANE!!! Freaking me out....

Beth Boyce
Beth Boyce

I haven't had a cigarette in 3 months. I smoked a pack a day before that. Hardest thing Ive ever done is put them down. I do feel however that people need to get over this anti smoking kick. It's our right to do what we want. This no smoking anywhere is a violation of rights. Besides there are you way more important things compared to where its legal to smoke.

Morad Saad
Morad Saad

Geez, I know they are the largest nation in smoking, they allow to smoke in Weddings, funerals, parties, etc..but Smoking in a Hospital..what the FK..lol?

Gwayne Li
Gwayne Li

I'm Chinese, and people smoke, even young kids. There. Denied your ''I'm Chinese so I know what I'm talking about argument and the you don't understand argument''.

王烏鴉
王烏鴉

Yeah ,like it really works huh!

Jan Krantz
Jan Krantz

That's disturbing! No child that age should be any where near it!

Steve H. Karsten
Steve H. Karsten

I hope that they are given a smoking area for breaks, in between making all our sneakers :-)

Jarukit Chiangjan
Jarukit Chiangjan

China should forbidden your people to smoking in public places as well.

Jane Yao
Jane Yao

Frida, many places are not allowed smoking so. In subways of Shanghai, Suzhou and Nanjing I never saw anyone smoking. And in small estaurants smoking is often allowed:) And no one smokes in cinemas and concerts. I can promise :)

Jane Yao
Jane Yao

Well well well Richie and Frida, I mean this pic, a little boy. The big boys and men really smoke everywhere and I dislike smoking also. Maybe it happens in some poor places. I live in Suzhou, a city west to Shanghai. It's one of the richest city in China. In here we never allow little boys doing so. I think this little boy must smoke in where his parents can't see. I believe his parents will be angry if they see him. U know, little children often like do something behind their parents. U hv to admit u once bought comic books but didn't let ur mum know, that's the same :)

Marie Antoinette Wolf
Marie Antoinette Wolf

A welcome opportunity to pick on those evil Chinese. Good thing that smoking Children are actually their worst Problem. /s

Raphaely Minison
Raphaely Minison

is what we call human right( non interfere),let him smoke

AnnMarie MacKenzie
AnnMarie MacKenzie

Jesus. Little kids smoke? In school? About time they did something to stop it.

Susanna Chan
Susanna Chan

Chinese people in Hong Kong r much more civilized than mainland Chinese they r 2 decades behind!!!

John Low
John Low

Little Chinese James Dean

Max Yang
Max Yang

Why smoke a cigarette in China where you have enough smog to smoke?

Frida Samanta
Frida Samanta

Yes don't deny it Jane, I live here in China. Trust me this goes on. And smoking everywhere in China no matter where! The only places you aren't allowed to smoke are the Ming Tombs! That's the only place I saw someone be banned from smoking. It's disgusting and it's a nasty habit because people smoke inside public places! Everywhere their phlegm, they shoot their snot rockets, and they smoke everywhere! Your people need to learn to be clean. Thankfully the ones that move abroad become educated in that field. The others seem to be a lost hope. I'm sorry about your people.

Sudipto Paul
Sudipto Paul

^Yeah one of their ways to control population they say !!! -_-