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Une Chine libérée du tabagisme

BEIJING – Dans quelques semaines, Beijing appliquera une nouvelle loi anti-tabac interdisant de fumer dans les espaces publics fermés, notamment dans les restaurants et les bureaux. Les publicités pour le tabac seront également prohibées dans les espaces en plein air et les transports publics, ainsi que dans la plupart des médias. Si cette réglementation, approuvée l’an dernier par le Comité permanent de l'Assemblée populaire municipale de Beijing, parvient à s’imposer, les autorités chinoises pourraient décréter une interdiction similaire dans l’ensemble du pays.

Une baisse sensible du tabagisme se traduirait sans aucun doute par de nets avantages en matière de santé publique. Mais est-elle envisageable ?

Avec plus de 300 millions de fumeurs, la Chine représente un tiers de tous les consommateurs dans le monde, et accuse près de 2700 décès dus au tabagisme par jour. Les coûts induits par le traitement des maladies liées au tabagisme, sans parler des pertes de productivité, sont considérables.

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