China bans cigarette smoking in schools

In a bid to check the increasing popularity of e-cigarette and traditional cigarette smoking among teenagers in China, the authorities have banned smoking in schools.

Ministry of Education’s ban on smoking covers kindergartens, elementary and middle schools, and vocational schools. The universities have been asked must set up smoking areas and forbid lighting up in academic buildings.

Experts see the move as the latest step taken by the government to kick the country’s pervasive tobacco habit.

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Smoking is a leading cause of preventable deaths in developing and developed countries like China, the United States and other parts of the world. Moreover, it causes numerous health problems. Rigorous campaigning by health activists has failed to check its popularity among teens. China is the world’s largest consumer of cigarettes.

Recent reports suggest that the practice of smoking is increasing in the teenage girls and boys. Smokers can be spotted everywhere, even in schools and hospitals.

Amid this emerging threat, the State Council, or cabinet, is mulling for a nationwide ban on smoking in public places this year. Several cities have even introduced anti-smoking regulations.

Experts say, the counseling by doctors can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping children and teenagers away from tobacco.

  • Sam Clemenz

    Good for China! They at least know that you can’t have a healthy populace when you allow cigarette manufacturers to peddle their products of death. Unchecked greed by the tobacco industry and their supporting industries – paper makers, shipping companies, advertising agencies – has led to the death of billions over the decades. Billions. Please see Robert Proctors book the Golden Holocaust for details about how American Industry is killing you!! They have been doing it while knowing the harm and hiding evidence by using lawyers and doctors and the media to mislead the public. Good for China for taking bold action against the evil activities of American Industry. They can see what westernization is doing to their health. They can also see that American Industry doesn’t care enough about their own so why use their products. american business is about wastefulness, sinfulness and greed at the expense of the many, for the benefit of the few. Their is no God among them, but to be sure God will judge them. They are murderous wretches.

    • Thoob Sears

      Do you not account for personal responsibility in any of this or does your god protect believers from controlling their own actions?

      • Sam Clemenz

        Glad you asked! How do you account for the personal responsibility of the chemists, lawyers and marketers of tobacco products? The people not the corporate entity. May God bless their souls they are protected by their corporate status. I ask you how do you account for those that manufacture an peddle a muderous product?

        • Thoob Sears

          Wow! In the immortal words of Dolly Parton, “Get down off the cross, honey. Somebody needs the wood.” Sam you are what I consider the typical myopic Christian. Everything is god’s will and everyone is either a perpetrator or a victim and never will the twixt meet.

          • Sam Clemenz

            I haven’t read any intellectual or insightful response from you as if yet boob. Sorry but you appear not to stand for anything. Surely you must have more intellectual sources than Dolly Parton, but I fear you do not. That’s a fantastic quote to have under your belt. A master debater I am sure. You dare to use a Dolly Parton quote after using the word myopic. What a dolt! Smoke you’re heart out boob. Never said you couldn’t. Your lack of any real position tells me that you are somehow profiting from it all. Your lack of any real intellectual explanation of your position tells me that there is no reason for it because you are not a rational person.

          • Thoob Sears

            Sit on it Potsie!

  • george234234234234234234523

    Now if we can just stop Religion which is the cause of TRILLIONS of deaths over the entire life span of the Earth!

    • KzooResident

      Great Idea. Let’s start with the most dangerous, bigoted and intolerant of them all, the atheist religion.

      • Toni Scarfone

        A little reading for you. Atheism is not a religion

        http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/ath/blathm_rel_religion.htm

        • KzooResident

          Yes, yes, we can all see the learned folks at “about.com” have to say about atheism. That goes so well with the “I read it on the internet” insurance commercial.
          I fully understand why the militant atheists want to be able to wage their religious war on others without the baggage of being a religion (i.e. belief system) themselves, but that dog won’t hunt.
          As far as the original comment goes, great atheists like Hitler, Mao, Stalin, etc. provide enough of an example of just how peaceful of a religion it is.

          • george234234234234234234523

            First: You assume I am Atheist. I am not! I am Spiritual but I am NOT religious. Second and last: The most destructive religion of all is Catholicism which is no less than satanic with their selfishness and desires to rule the world.

          • KzooResident

            Your point might have some credibility if it were not for the fact that you singled out Catholicism which simply indicates a level of intolerance and ignorance against the wrong target.
            One could condemn the history of the Vatican but attacking Catholicism in general is suspect.
            Leaving out radical Islam however is a clear indication of an irrational prejudice.
            Top of the list however is the number of incidents of sheer evil perpetrated in an ‘anti-religious’ environment, (i.e. my examples above). Religion isn’t the problem, it’s people lacking any moral responsibility, (typically wrapped in some type of religious cloak) that are the real danger to the world.

  • Sam Clemenz

    As to the mention of moral responsibility. Let us take religion out of this. Irregardless of what your spiritual inclination is. There is a moral responsibility to protect generations of humans from certain disease and death. We know this product does that. Further we know that it causes less productivity. The only reason or it is revenue for the corporate entities and government. Those on the other side of the argument argue for personal freedom but that logic says its ok if you put arsenic in my coffee so long as I am willing to pay for it and you convince me that the amount of arsenic is not that bad for me. Essentially this is what big tobacco does. It pays to market it’s product and to have physicians, lawyers and scholars to misinform or mislead generations of children and young adult to the dangers of smoking. It all just statistics to the trolls who get on these comment boards. Many Internet tolls are payed by big tobacco. Again, Robert Proctor covers it all in his masterpiece The Golden Holocaust. A must read. The tobacco industry fought him in order to keep the truth from reaching the public in so beautifully crafted a history of the terror they have wielded on generations of humans. Now. You are right. We are all personally responsible. So, this includes the men and women who would try to keep the truth from being advertised an talked about. That is a right and responsibility as well. If you are a follower of Christ and his teachings than you cannot be an honest follower of his teachings and be for an entity that peddles and markets a product that has been proven to cause disease and that kills. You simply cannot. So. If you don’t believe in his teachings and subscribe to more another religion, that is fine. I believe in Christ but have respect for those that choose other faiths or none at all. But as a moral responsibility, those that sell a product that kills are the lowest of the low. Those that turn the blind eye for a buck earned by selling something known to kill and maim are morally barren.