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Rookvrij China

BEIJING – Over een paar weken zal Beijing een rookverbod afkondigen in alle openbare binnenruimten, zoals restaurants en kantoren. Daarnaast zullen tabaksreclames in de buitenruimte, in het openbaar vervoer en in de meeste media verboden worden. Als het initiatief, waarover vorig jaar in de gemeenteraad overeenstemming werd bereikt, succesvol is, kan China in het hele land een soortgelijk verbod invoeren.

Een aanzienlijke afname van het roken zou ongetwijfeld enorme gezondheidsvoordelen voor China opleveren. Maar is het ook haalbaar?

Met naar schatting 300 miljoen rokers vertegenwoordigt China een derde van het wereldtotaal. Het land neemt gemiddeld zo'n 2700 tabaksgerelateerde doden per dag voor zijn rekening. De kosten van de behandeling van met roken samenhangende ziekten zijn aanzienlijk, om maar te zwijgen van het ermee gepaard gaande productiviteitsverlies.

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