Shenzhen to ban smoking in more public institutions

Shenzhen to ban smoking in more public institutionsShenzhen have already enforced a smoking ban in all educational institutions, public transportation, and all administrative offices by the chronic disease control and prevention.all indoor areas in these venues are off limits to smoking. Shenzhen have also banned smoking in all medical institutions including waiting rooms and enclosed staircases.

Residents are already supporting the smoking ban, with more than 82 percent agree that its good to ban smoking on public transportation. 77 percent supported banning smoking in schools, 57 supported banning in offices, and 53 percent in hospitals. Banning smoking in all of the public venues is an aim to prevent people being exposed to secondhand smoke especially the non smokers. Around 57 percent of nonsmokers are exposed to second hand smoke, and residents awareness of second hand smoke should be improved. Most of the residents know that smoking causes diseases like lung cancer heart disease and stroke. Only a handful of them knows that second hand smoke can also cause the disease among those who are exposed to the smoke.

Cigarettes are popular in Shenzhen, with around 68 percent of the residents are smokers. The city plans to increase residents awareness on the hazards of second hand smoke by next year.

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