Zhongshan Road becomes Xiamen's 1st smoke-free commercial street

Updated: 31 May 2014
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Xiamen Zhongshan Road
31st May is celebrated as World No Tobacco Day every year around the world. On 29th May, Zhongshan Road officially became the first smoke-free commercial street in Xiamen.

Smoking habits have barely changed over the past decade and lack of knowledge about damage caused by nicotine addiction poses huge challenges and health risks.

The statistics on the official website of WHO shows that tobacco use kills 6 million people each year: more than 5 million users and ex-users and more than 600,000 nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke. The WHO warns that if tobacco use is not decreased, tobacco-related deaths will increase to 8 million people a year by 2030.

In 1996, Xiamen announced a smoking ban in public places including hospitals, theaters, concert halls, nurseries and kindergartens, schools, conference rooms, libraries, exhibition halls, public transport, post offices and banks, etc.

After year’s of effort, smoking is banned in all 98 medical and health organizations in Xiamen. In addition, there are also 71 smoke-free government institutions, 152 smoke-free schools, and 7 large smoke-free enterprises in the city.
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harkes Commented on 04 Jun 2014
XMN-LaoWei Commented on 31 May 2014
Noble sentiment and effort but does anyone really believe you can make ANYWHERE smoke-free in China? Visit any restaurant and you'll still see groups puffing away - Complain and you'll be told the owner can't or won't stop it. What hope is there when they can't enforce basic, common sense road rules, peeing in the street, throwing garbage everywhere.......
XMN-LaoWei Commented on 31 May 2014