Bloomberg News report shows China needs to curtail appeal of cigarettes
Feb 12, 2013
As China celebrates the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, cigarettes are casting a deadly pall over the festivities.
A new report by Bloomberg News highlights how the exchange of cigarettes as gifts is a deeply ingrained part of the country’s New Year celebrations, contributing to a tobacco epidemic that kills more than one million Chinese each year.
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China needs strong smoke-free regulations
Sep 28, 2012
Secondhand smoke is the greatest source of indoor air pollution in China, according to a new study by a civil environmental group.
The study analyzed air quality in 43 restaurants, bars and Internet cafes over a six-month period and found that small particles from tobacco smoke made up 90 percent of the air pollutants. The concentration of particulate air pollution was significantly greater than standards recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). On average, pollution levels were 14 times greater than WHO-recommended levels in restaurants, 19 times greater in bars and 10 times greater in Internet cafes.
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Nations must act now to reduce tobacco use and save lives
Aug 17, 2012
The Lancet medical journal has just published results of the largest-ever international survey of tobacco use, underscoring both the enormity of the global tobacco epidemic and the urgent need for countries to implement proven strategies that reduce tobacco use and save lives. Without strong action, tobacco is projected to kill one billion people worldwide this century.
Continue reading New Study Reveals Enormity of Global Tobacco Epidemic
Health advocates, scientists win battle to beat sham science
May 4, 2012
Health advocates and scientists in China have won a major victory by forcing the withdrawal of research by the China National Tobacco Company from consideration for a prestigious national science prize.
The Ministry of Science and Technology announced the withdrawal, which came after the nomination sparked outrage among Chinese and international scientific and public health leaders.
Continue reading UPDATE: Controversial China Tobacco Research Withdrawn from Prize Competition
WHO, scientists slam proposed honor for deceptive research into ‘less harmful' cigarettes
Apr 19, 2012
China's health and scientific community is rallying to block the China National Tobacco Corporation from receiving a prestigious national science prize for a research project on cigarettes that are supposedly less harmful.
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China’s state-run tobacco company profits may outpace Wal-Mart, HSBC
Mar 27, 2012
The global tobacco industry has long put profits before public health. Now China National Tobacco Corporation has taken this cynical formula to a new level: It appears to be the world's 30th largest company by sales, with profits that may rival those of the giant retailer Wal-Mart and the international financial conglomerate HSBC.
Continue reading Big Profits for Bitter Harvest of Disease and Death
CNN focuses on the "dysfunction in this whole system"
Oct 5, 2011
Spurred by reports that the Chinese National Tobacco Corporation is sponsoring at least 100 elementary schools — promoting their brands and logos among children — CNN interviewed Dr. Judith Mackay of the World Lung Foundation on the role the state-owned company plays in fostering the tobacco epidemic in China.
Continue reading World Media Stunned by Tobacco Sponsorship of Chinese Schools
Slogan tells kids: “Tobacco helps you become talented”
Sep 28, 2011
In an apparent attempt to lure young smokers, China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC) is sponsoring at least 100 elementary schools in China.
CNTC financed construction of these schools, which are named after Chinese cigarette brands and sometimes bear slogans such as "Talent comes from hard work, Tobacco helps you become talented." Many of the schools also feature the company's logo of a green tobacco leaf.
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World No Tobacco Day 2011 marks progress of landmark public health treaty
May 27, 2011
On Tuesday May 31, the World Health Organization's "World No Tobacco Day" draws global attention to the growing international tobacco epidemic and the urgent need for nations to pass and implement effective policies to reduce tobacco use and save lives. This year's focus is on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global public health treaty.
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Tots on a train underscore need for enforcement of China’s new smoke-free rules
Apr 15, 2011
The world was shocked last summer to see videos of an Indonesian toddler chain-smoking as part of his daily routine.
Now China has doubled the trouble: A video of two toddlers in a train car, puffing on cigarettes and blowing smoke in each other's faces, has surfaced on the Internet.
Adults nearby watch, comment and even chuckle at the kids' disturbing use of deadly tobacco.
See for yourself ...
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Tobacco linked to major non-communicable diseases that cause two out of three deaths
Apr 7, 2011
Tobacco use is a risk factor for all major categories of non-communicable diseases — heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes — and tobacco control must be the "top priority" if the world is to reduce the toll of diseases that now cause two out of every three deaths worldwide, according to a global alliance of scientists and non-governmental organizations.
Continue reading United Nations to Tackle Global Threat from Tobacco-Caused Disease
Big step in country with over one million tobacco deaths each year
Mar 24, 2011
Nowhere is the devastating toll of tobacco more evident than in China. Smoking kills more than one million Chinese people each year — one-fifth of the world total.
This week, China's Ministry of Health announced its strongest action to date to reduce this terrible toll: A new smoke-free policy that will prohibit smoking in indoor public places starting May 1.
Continue reading China Sets May 1 Start for Smoke-Free Public Places