Cigarette sales in Beijing show largest decline in recent years

According to a report published by the Beijing municipal government this week, cigarette sales in Beijing in 2016 declined by 8 percent year-on-year, representing the largest decline in recent years.
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Health effects of cigarettes

Tobacco use, primarily from smoking cigarettes, is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally. As many as half of people who use tobacco die from the results of this use. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year tobacco causes about 6 million deaths (about 10% of all deaths) with 600,000 of these occurring in non-smokers due to second hand smoke.

Tobacco use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart, liver and lungs. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis), and cancer (particularly lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancer). Tobacco use is also a significant factor in miscarriages among pregnant smokers, and it contributes to a number of other health problems of the fetus such as premature birth, low birth weight, and increases by 1.4 to 3 times the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Tobacco control regulations

In 2015 Beijing adopted one of the strictest tobacco control regulations in China, banning smoking in all indoor public areas and workplaces, as well as a number of outdoor areas (e.g., schools and some hospitals).

Last year the city’s health authorities inspected more than 95,000 public places and ordered owners of more than 5,000 of them to rectify problems and comply with the tobacco control regulation. Fines totaling RMB 1.3 million were handed to businesses in 433 cases, while individual smokers were fined a total of RMB 104,000. However despite increased enforcement of tobacco control regulations, smoking violations remain prevalent at entertainment venues and in restaurants and office buildings.

Moreover, although some other major cities (e.g., Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou) have also adopted tobacco control regulations, China still lacks national level tobacco control regulations.

Smoking trends

Although cigarette sales in Beijing have declined since 2015, the number of cigarettes sold in the city last year nevertheless reached a staggering 93.8 billion according to the Beijing Bureau of Statistics.

Additionally, over one fifth of the Beijing population (22.3 percent) aged 15 or older continues to smoke cigarettes, although this portion has decreased by 4.7 percent since 2014.

2 Responses to “Cigarette sales in Beijing show largest decline in recent years”

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