BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's anti-smoking efforts in the
past decade have failed to limit the explosive growth of the
country's cigarette producers, according to a new report.
Annual cigarette production in the world's most populous country
has jumped 50 percent across the decade, with about 2.175 trillion
cigarettes produced in the 12 months to October, showed "Tobacco
Control in China from a Civil Society Perspective 2013" on
The latest finding echoed a similar new assessment by the World
Health Organization (WHO), under which China is rated low among
more than 100 countries that have joined the WHO Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control over the past five years.
The assessment awarded China two of a possible 16 points on
public smoking control, and zero points on tobacco advertising
control. This means China's years of anti-smoking efforts have had
almost no results. Moreover, the country's tobacco tax rate, now
standing at 43.4 percent, is still too low as compared to the world
average, the assessment noted.
The Chinese government signed the Convention on Tobacco Control
in 2003, vowing to reduce tobacco use from then on.
China has a total of 300 million smokers, while 740 million
others are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, according to data
from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.