China cigarette ban up in smoke

Health ministry's move to limit smoking runs up against multi-billion dollar, state-run tobacco industry.

    China's health ministry has finally banned smoking in hospitals - seen as long overdue - but a promised national ban on smoking in public places has yet to become reality because the health ministry is up against state-run tobacco firms which chalk up billions of dollars in profits.

    Some 300 million Chinese smokers consume a third of the world's cigarettes, while a million of them die each year from smoking-related illnesses.

    Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan tracked down some of China's smokers.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.