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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.

This important policy change is the result of recent advocacy on the part of a group of prominent scholars, plus strong momentum from local smokefree initiatives which The Union China Office has been leading over the past four years. The development is considered a breakthrough for tobacco control and an excellent opportunity for making broader policy changes in China.


The Guangzhou government held a conference on 30 December to announce the new policy and  to request that municipal buildings go smokefree within the next six months. The mayor is now seeking to strengthen enforcement of the city's tobacco control law and improve public education, as well as to create 100% smokefree venues.


Seizing the momentum offered by this policy change, the cities of Tianjin and Jinan are now working to ensure that key political conferences, the forthcoming municipal People's Congress and the People's Consultative Congress, go completely smokefree. The Union has been working to support tobacco control developments in both these cities.

 

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