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Smokers still puffing away in city, poll claims

THE percentage of smokers in Shanghai has continued to rise compared to seven years ago despite years of anti-smoking measures.

A total of 26.1 percent of local residents smoke, according to a latest survey released by the Shanghai Health Promotion Committee yesterday. The figure is slightly higher than the 25.57 percent in 2005.

And currently, 55 percent of Shanghai male residents are smokers, increasing from 50.61 percent seven years ago. And about 3.9 percent of local women smoke, the same level as in 2005.

The city government has made various efforts to highlight the dangers of smoking while trying to curb smoking by various means, including passing a public smoking control law in 2010.

The survey showed that an increasing number of locals are aware of the hazards of smoking but the no-smoking campaign has done little to cut the number of cigarette lovers.

On the other hand, locals are calling for a tougher crackdown on smoking in public.

A total of 223 office buildings and business managers as well as 76 individuals have been fined citywide since smoking was banned in some public places in 2010.

However, many locals think these efforts are inadequate. An online survey by the health committee showed 90 percent of the respondents believed lawmakers should ban smoking in all indoor environments and on some busy open venues, such as commercial walkways.


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