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China tells doctors to quit smoking to set example to patients

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b993 (Published 12 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b993
  1. Ben Bland
  1. 1Singapore

    The Chinese health ministry has launched a campaign to stop smoking among doctors and other medical workers. More than half of male Chinese doctors smoke, reflecting the widespread consumption of tobacco in the country, which is the world’s biggest producer of cigarettes.

    The health ministry hopes to convince doctors to quit the habit and set a better example for the 350 million Chinese people who smoke.

    Ten medical schools and 10 medical associations have signed up to the campaign and pledged to make their premises smoke-free. They have also agreed …

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