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China's Tobacco Habit - 30 Jan 2014
Images relating to smoking in China, the world's largest consumer of cigarettes. China has banned smoking in schools, state media reported on Wednesday, the latest step in a government drive to kick the country's pervasive tobacco habit.

Despite years of campaigning by health activists smokers can be spotted everywhere, even in schools and hospitals. But with a huge public health burden looming ever larger, China has recently intensified efforts to stamp out smoking.

The State Council, or cabinet, is aiming for a nationwide ban on smoking in public places this year, and several cities have already introduced anti-smoking regulations. But critics say authorities only enforce bans sporadically, if at all, and it is common to see people puffing away in front of no smoking signs.

The latest ban, imposed by the Ministry of Education, covers kindergartens, elementary and middle schools, and vocational schools. Universities must set up smoking areas and forbid lighting up in academic buildings.

Anti-tobacco efforts have been hampered by the country's powerful tobacco monopoly, health campaigners say, which pays hundreds of billions of yuan in taxes every year.
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February 28, 2007
Parents visit their sick child in a hospital in the rural village of Chao Jiang in southwest China's...
CHAO JIANG, China
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Parents visit their sick child in a hospital in the rural village of Chao Jiang in southwest China's Yunnan province February 28, 2007. Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao have made the countryside a political priority. They abolished an ancient grains tax, promised free schooling, and are offering financial aid and subsidies for seeds and infrastructure. To match feature CHINA-PARLIAMENT-COUNTRYSIDE/
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January 28, 2009
A man, dressed as a woman in a traditional costume, smokes as he uses his mobile phone at a break of...
Beijing, China
A man smokes as he uses his mobile phone at break of Chinese folk art performance at a temple fair in...
A man, dressed as a woman in a traditional costume, smokes as he uses his mobile phone at a break of a Chinese folk art performance at a temple fair celebrating Chinese lunar New Year, in Beijing January 28, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
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September 19, 2012
A visitor dressed as a red army soldier smokes as he poses for a picture in Jinggangshan, Jiangxi province...
Jinggangshan, China
A visitor dressed as a red army soldier smokes as he poses for a picture in Jinggangshan
A visitor dressed as a red army soldier smokes as he poses for a picture in Jinggangshan, Jiangxi province September 20, 2012. Jinggangshan, is where former Chinese leader Mao Zedong's
career as a revolutionary began to take off. In 1927, Mao and several communist leaders fled with a few thousands to the hills of Jinggangshan, hounded and outnumbered by Nationalist forces. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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August 26, 2009
An elderly Chinese man smokes a cigarette in front of an old temple in a Hutong in central Beijing August...
Beijing, China
An elderly Chinese man smokes a cigarette in front of an old temple in a Hutong in central Beijing
An elderly Chinese man smokes a cigarette in front of an old temple in a Hutong in central Beijing August 26, 2009. Tobacco use will kill 6 million people next year from cancer, heart disease, emphysema and a range of other ills, global cancer experts said a report issued on Tuesday from the World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society. The report also stated that China consumes more than 37 percent of the world's cigarettes, and that nearly 60 percent of Chinese men smoke. It went on to say that as a result, 50 million Chinese children, mostly boys, will die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA HEALTH SOCIETY)
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December 28, 2011
A woman smokes a cigarette as she walks her pet dog on a pedestrian street in downtown Shanghai December...
Shanghai, China
A woman smokes a cigarette as she walks her pet dog on a pedestrian street in downtown Shanghai
A woman smokes a cigarette as she walks her pet dog on a pedestrian street in downtown Shanghai December 28, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 01, 2011
A man smokes near a "No Smoking" sign in downtown Shanghai April 27, 2011. China will ban smoking at...
Shanghai, China
A man smokes near a "No Smoking" sign in downtown Shanghai
A man smokes near a "No Smoking" sign in downtown Shanghai April 27, 2011. China will ban smoking at all indoor public venues from May 1, in an effort to shield the world's most populous nation, and its largest cigarette producer, from the harmful effects of the habit, the health ministry said. China, which has more than 300 million smokers, will require businesses to display prominent no-smoking signs, forbid vending machines from selling cigarettes and ensure that designated outdoor smoking zones not affect pedestrian traffic. Although nearly 1.2 million Chinese people die from smoking-related diseases each year, the habit is deeply entrenched in public life. Picture taken April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)
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June 06, 2012
Policemen smoke after a blast outside Taiyanggong Thermal Power Plant owned by the Jing Neng group, in...
Beijing, China
Policemen smoke after a blast outside Taiyanggong Thermal Power Plant owned by the Jing Neng group, in...
Policemen smoke after a blast outside Taiyanggong Thermal Power Plant owned by the Jing Neng group, in Beijing June 6, 2012. The blast ripped through the thermal power plant on Wednesday in Beijing, killing two women and injuring another, according to local authorities and witnesses. The accident took place at about 2 p.m. (0600 GMT) at a nitrogen workshop in the plant in northeast Beijing's Wangjing area, witnesses said. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY)
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May 08, 2011
Chefs smoke as they stand in the doorway leading to their kitchen at a restaurant located in a "hutong",...
Beijing, China
Chefs smoke as they stand in the doorway leading to their kitchen at a restaurant located in a "hutong",...
Chefs smoke as they stand in the doorway leading to their kitchen at a restaurant located in a "hutong", Chinese for small alley, in central Beijing May 8, 2011. China banned smoking at all indoor public venues from May 1, 2011, in an effort to shield the world's most populous nation, and its largest cigarette producer, from the harmful effects of the habit. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)
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January 25, 2013
A woman is reflected in a window displaying packs of cigarettes on a street in Russia's Siberian city...
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
A woman is reflected in a window displaying packs of cigarettes on a street in Krasnoyarsk
A woman is reflected in a window displaying packs of cigarettes on a street in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk January 24, 2013. Russian lawmakers on Friday backed a law which would ban smoking in bars, cafes and other public spaces to promote healthier living in the world's largest tobacco market after China. Supported by President Vladimir Putin, who likes to present a healthy, active image, and has previously rebuked ministers for smoking, the bill was voted through in a second reading in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament. Picture taken January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS HEALTH)
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December 20, 2007
A child from the Yi ethnic minority smokes a cigarette at Dayingpan Village in Yuexi County, Sichuan...
Yuexi, China
A child from the Yi ethnic minority smokes a cigarette at Dayingpan Village in Yuexi County
A child from the Yi ethnic minority smokes a cigarette at Dayingpan Village in Yuexi County, Sichuan province December 15, 2007. Children in the village have to take care of themselves as most of their parents are working in the fields. Dayingpan Village, known by locals in the surrounding area as "ghost village", used to be the place of exile for lepers, and is now home to around 80 families, including 105 residents still suffering from the disease, local media reported. Picture taken December 15, 2007. REUTERS/Joe Chan (CHINA)
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