Pagpapatupad ng Anti-Smoking Law sa China, malaking hamon sa pamahalaan

admin   •   August 28, 2013   •   6906

A man smokes next to a "No Smoking" sign in Shanghai. China is the largest consumer of tobacco. Photo: Reuters

A man smokes next to a “No Smoking” sign in Shanghai. China is the largest consumer of tobacco. Photo: Reuters

SHANGHAI, China – Sinimulan nang ipatupad ang Anti-Smoking Law sa China alinsunod sa kampanya ng World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Ngunit ayon kay dating Health Minister Huang Jiefu, walang ngipin ang naturang batas dahil mismong ang mga tagapagpatupad nito ang lumalabag.

Ang mga naging prime minister ng bansa na sina Mao Zedong at Deng Xiaoping ay kilalang mga heavy smoker.

Samantalang ang kasalukuyang premier na Si Xie Jinping ay naging kontrobersiyal pa sa kaniyang research na naglalaman ng pamamaraan kung paano umano mababawasan ang masamang epekto ng tar kapag naninigarilyo.

Nangunguna ang bansang China sa talaan ng pinakamaraming active smokers sa mundo.

Ayon sa survey, umaabot sa 300 million Chinese ang naninigarilyo at karamihan sa mga ito ay mga lalake.

Ang mga kababayan nating Pilipino, dismayado rin sa dagdag na polusyon at walang disiplinang paninigarilyo sa China.

Ayon sa OFW na si Nick Awat, halos walang epekto ang bagong batas kaugnay sa paninigarilyo.

“Yong bagong batas ng paninigarilyo, ganun parin naman sila sigarilyo pa rin kahit saan, restaurant, elevator. tingin ko nga mas dumadami pa ang naninigarilyo kung saan saan lng sila nagsisigarilyo.”

Ayon naman kay Armando Gandela, “hangga’t maaari ay ipagbawal at ipatupad ang batas na kailangan madisiplina ang mga naninigarilyo.”

Samantala sa Shenzhen, China ay hinigpitan pa ang pagpapatupad Anti-Smoking Law.

Mula sa 20 RMB ay tumaas sa 500 RMB o P3,500 ang multa sa mahuhuling naninigarilyo sa mga lugar na ipinagbabawal.

Habang 30,000 RMB o P210,000 naman ang babayaran ng anumang kumpanya na nagtitinda o nagpapahintulot ng paninigarilyo sa mga non-smoking areas. (Dulce Alarcon / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Hong Kong leader says security laws will not affect city’s rights and freedoms

UNTV News   •   May 26, 2020

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (May 26) that Beijing’s proposed national security laws would not trample on the city’s rights and freedoms and called on its citizens to wait to see the details of the legislation.

Beijing unveiled plans last week for national security legislation for Hong Kong that aims to tackle secession, subversion and terrorist activities. It could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in the city.

Thousands poured onto the street of Hong Kong on Sunday (May 24) in a mass protest against the planned new security laws.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested almost 200 people.

More protests are expected in Hong Kong on Wednesday (May 27). (Reuters)

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China says immediate probe into COVID-19 origin “premature”

UNTV News   •   May 18, 2020

China’s foreign ministry said on Monday it is “premature” to immediately launch an investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 300,000 people globally.

Spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the “majority of countries” in the world believe the pandemic is not yet over.

The European Union and Australia are pushing a resolution calling for a review into the origins and spread of the novel coronavirus at the World Health Assembly.

The resolution will be put forward on Tuesday (May 19) if it gains backing from two-thirds of the 194 members of the assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization. (Reuters)

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China says it is not yet the time to relax coronavirus measures

UNTV News   •   May 12, 2020

China’s health authority said on Tuesday (May 12) that the reappearance of local clusters of coronavirus cases in recent days suggests that counter-epidemic measures cannot be relaxed yet.

While prevention and control efforts have normalised, that does not mean measures can be eased, Mi Feng, spokesman at the National Health Commission, said at a media briefing.

Wuhan on Monday (May 11) reported its first cluster of coronavirus infections since a lockdown on the city, the original epicentre of the outbreak in China, was lifted a month ago.

Chinese authorities also warned on Monday of what could be the beginning of a new wave of coronavirus cases in northeast China, with one city in Jilin province being reclassified as high-risk, the top of a three-tier zoning system.

The city of Shulan has increased virus-control measures, including a lockdown of residential compounds for its 600,000 or so residents. Local middle and high schools that had reopened to graduating students, were shut again, and all students are taking classes online, state broadcaster CCTV reported. (Reuters)

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