Journal article

Who smokes in smoke-free public places in China? Findings from a 21 city survey

Tingzhong Yang, Shuhan Jiang, Ross Barnett, John L Oliffe, Dan wu, Xiaozhao Yang, Lingwei Yu, Randall R Cottrell



Efforts toward controlling secondhand smoke in public places have been made throughout China. However, in contrast to the western world, significant challenges remain for effectively implementing smoke-free regulations. This study explores individual and regional factors which influence smoking in smoke-free public places. Participants included 16 866 urban residents, who were identified through multi-stage sampling conducted in 21 Chinese cities. The reported smoking prevalence in smoke-free public places was 41.2%. Of those who smoked in smoke-free public places, 45.9% had been advised to stop smoking. Participants stated that no-smoking warnings/signs with 'please' in the statement had a ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by National Nature Science Foundation of China

Awarded by Ministry of Health Tobacco Control Project

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was partly funded by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (71473221), Ministry of Health Tobacco Control Project (WJF: 081216), Center for Tobacco Control research, Zhejiang University School of Medicine. The affiliated universities for the 'Building advocacy capacity for tobacco control in medical universities in China' (supported by UNION) project, local government and Center for Disease Control and Prevention also partly funded the survey.