Opinion / From the Readers

Smoking ban needs backing up

(China Daily) Updated: 2014-01-08 07:51

Comment on "Public smoking ban for officials faces hurdles" (China Daily, Jan 2)

I don't think that making government officials stop smoking can be called a "serious reform". It's more of a health issue and the party is trying to lead by example. All of the places listed are public buildings where smoking is already banned for everybody. I can't stand seeing people smoking in restaurants where "No Smoking" signs are clearly visible on the walls.

I also agree with the people mentioned in this article who say this policy is very difficult to implement, especially in rural areas. Smoking is a deal-maker in China and has become social glue for businessmen. It is a shame that this is the case, but it cannot be changed simply by issuing a circular.

CMC, from China Daily website

The Chinese government has failed to reduce the number of smokers in China. In this country it is considered good manners to offer cigarettes whenever meeting people. Cigarettes are considered a means of breaking the ice. In most government meetings, specially packed cigarettes are distributed to attendees. This trend must be stopped. Unless the government strikes out to curb this trend, the ban will be another ineffectual campaign.

Ghostbuster, from China Daily website

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