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  • More than 20 million people protected from second-hand smoke as Shenzhen city, China, goes smoke-free

    China’s fourth most populous city, Shenzhen, is now 100 percent smoke-free after a law banning smoking in all indoor public places came into full force on 1 January 2017.

  • Asia Pacific policymakers and mayors unite to expedite tobacco control across the region

    Government officials and mayors from the Asia Pacific region who met in Singapore for a two-day tobacco control summit have formed an alliance dedicated to curbing the tobacco epidemic. Representatives from Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Laos and Cambodia met 29–30 November to discuss how best to overcome the considerable challenges to tobacco control in the region – which has some of the highest smoking rates in the world.

  • Tobacco control is now central to the Chinese government’s plans to reduce non-communicable disease

    Tobacco control policies are now a key component of a pilot programme to tackle the escalating rates of non-communicable diseases [NCDs] in China. The goal of the pilot is to standardise an holistic approach to NCDs – reducing population exposure to risk factors; early diagnosis and treatment; and increased health education. 

  • New data from highly polluted cities indicate air quality inside venues where people smoke is worse than outdoors

    Research carried out in six cities with dangerous levels of air pollution indicates that air quality inside venues that allow smoking is even worse than outdoors. The study, published today in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, was co-authored by tobacco control experts at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

  • Tobacco control focus at Asia Pacific conference

    The pandemic of tobacco-related diseases, global efforts to introduce tobacco control and the tobacco industry’s counter efforts to protect the market for its profitable and deadly products were key topics of discussion at the 5th Conference of The Union Asia Pacific Region in Sydney, Australia this week.

  • Over 90 per cent of the public support smokefree environments in China, major survey finds

    More than 90 per cent of participants in the China City Adult Tobacco Survey 2013-14 supported a total ban on smoking inside public places including healthcare facilities, workplaces, schools and taxis. Over 80 per cent of respondents also supported restrictions on smoking in restaurants.

  • Beijing introduces smokefree law with huge celebration as China marks World No Tobacco Day

    Beijing, capital city of China, heralded the introduction of its new smokefree law on World No Tobacco Day with a vibrant celebration at the Birds' Nest Stadium, led by dance troupes and actors. The new legislation, a powerful tool to protect Beijing's 20+ million citizens from second-hand smoke, came into force on 1 June.

  • Honge Liu. 'Disease prevention is more powerful than cure'

    A Union Achiever.

    Honge Liu, senior technical officer for tobacco control in China, features as The Union Achiever for May 2015. This series profiles the outstanding work of individual staff, consultants and members around the world.  

  • China’s proposed national tobacco control law now up for discussion

    The Government of China, the world's most populous nation, has drawn up a tobacco control law, which, if adopted in full, will reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke on a staggering scale. As China's State Council gathers public opinion on the proposed law during the next month, an historic victory for public health could be in the making. China's 1.4 billion citizens have until 24 December to speak up in support of the proposal.

  • Shenzhen's smokefree law actively enforced

    One of the world's fastest growing cities, Shenzhen in China, introduced new legislation on 1 March 2014 to protect its seven million citizens from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.

  • Ministerial delegations from Russia and China visit Scotland to observe implementation of progressive tobacco control policies

    A delegation of ministerial public health officials from Russia and China will observe Scotland’s progressive tobacco control laws in action during a three-day visit to the capital, beginning 3 March.

    Members of Scottish Government and academics at the University of Edinburgh will share their knowledge of tobacco control policy development and implementation, and healthcare providers, retailers and non-governmental organisations will demonstrate how laws are working on the ground. The delegates’ governments are both currently developing tobacco control legislation to promote public health.

  • Chinese officials requested not to buy tobacco products with public funds

    The Communist Party's Central and State Council Offices released a joint notice on 29 December 2013 requesting officials not to use public funding to purchase cigarettes, not to smoke in public places and to work to create smokefree government buildings.

  • M is for Monitor: The Union helps survey smokefree success in China

    "Monitor" is the M of the MPOWER tobacco control measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), and this month The Union and the US Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) launched a survey to track the impact of tobacco control policies in 12 Chinese cities.

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