China set to ban smoking in public places

In late November 2014, China began the process of introducing laws to enforce smokefree public places and ban tobacco advertising. Unsurprisingly, the state-owned  tobacco industry has already started to push back against these essential reforms:

“We must note that smoking has hundreds of years of history and objectively a market demand for cigarettes still exists,” said Ling Chengxing, director of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration. “Tobacco control is long term, complex and arduous work, and one-sided, absolutist and expansionist tendencies should be carefully avoided.”

China is a signatory to the WHO FCTC and has a population of more than 300 million smokers.