Now China has joined the ranks of developed countries by banning all cigarette advertising, some 25 years after their more progressive southern appendage, Hong Kong, introduced the same legislation.
Not a moment too soon for China, as 31% of their adult population smoke according to this article. That’s roughly 360 million people. Imagine how many of those are doctors.
The hard line government has also prohibited smoking in certain definitions of public spaces. Moreover, cigarette packs will now feature some of the diseased lungs, rotted teeth and aborted fetuses we have come to know and love on Canadian packs.
India 2005, China 2011. That can’t spell double happiness for the cigarette manufacturers.