China to Raise Tobacco Taxes in Efforts to Protect Minors from Smoking
In the latest efforts of the country to protect children from smoking, China has announced that it will be raising taxes of tobacco. The move is meant to deter younger people to be less likely to be exposed to second hand smoke. The National Health and Family Planning Commission said that several comprehensive measures will be adopted which include raising taxes on tobacco products to keep minors from being exposed to the hazard of smoking.
The measure to raise tobacco tax was announced last Wednesday as Beijing is endorsing the World No Tobacco Day that was a theme of Raise Tobacco Tax, Lower Death Disease. China is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of cigarettes as well as the biggest consumer with more than 300 million smokers. Statistics showed that more around 740 million people which include 180 million children are affected by second hand smoke. Statistics also shown that 20 percent of junior middle school students have already used tobacco. The report also included tat 30 percent of current smokers are already dependent on tobacco and for every ten current smokers, seven have tried to stop smoking but failed to give up.
These students said that they saw their teachers smoking indoors in schools everyday while some say they also seen teachers smoking outside of schools as well. Among the students smoking they said that they were able to buy cigarettes and were not refused even when these stores are displaying do not sell to minors sign.
In 2003 the country signed a World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Convention but missed the deadline to honor the contract by 2011. Since then the country had little progress in reducing tobacco use.