Smoking has been banned at all educational institutions in the country. Both teachers and students will be punished if caught smoking on campus, according to rules issued by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health last week.
The institutions include middle and primary schools and kindergartens.
Smoking has also been banned in all indoor areas of polytechnics* and universities.
Cigarette promotions and advertisements of all kinds are banned at all educational institutions. It is also an offense* to sell tobacco products at the institutions.
According to the new rules, teachers are not allowed to smoke at school or in front of students. Teachers and students, including those of legal age to smoke, may not encourage one another to smoke under any circumstances.
There are more than 300 million smokers in China and more than 540 million people are affected by tobacco smoke, including 180 million children aged under 15. Around 1 million people die from smoking-related diseases each year.
“One of the most important ways to control smoking is not letting young people begin,” said Fan Kun, vice director of the city’s Education Bureau. Fan said the rules represented a big step in controlling smoking at schools.
“Although smoking has been banned at schools in Shenzhen for years, there are some teachers who smoke in corridors or toilets. We hope that more teachers can quit smoking and teach the disadvantages of smoking to students after the ban,” he said.