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A review of smoke-free health care in mainland China
Date:2011-03-30 12:50 
Lin, Y., & Fraser, T. (2011). A review of smoke-free health care in mainland China. INT J TUBERC LUNG DIS, 15(4), 453-458.
A review of smoke-free health care in mainland China was written by Lin Yan and Trish Fraser. It was published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, which is a very relevant journal for publishing articles supporting tobacco control work in China.
The review was undertaken by conducting a search of PubMed, Google Scholar, Google and Globalink on smoke-free health care in China and by reviewing print media. Search of relevant  published and unpublished documents was also completed. Based on the results of this review, it is not mandatory for health care facilities to be smoke-free in China. However, a Ministerial Decision issued in May 2009 requires all medical and health institutions to be smoke-free by the end of 2011. In addition, the three cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, have legislation that requires hospital buildings to be smoke-free. A number of initiatives by provinces, municipalities and cities have been implemented to ensure that the goal of smoke-free health care is met by the end of 2011. Both government and non-government funding is being used to support this initiative.
This paper also discusses the project of the Tobacco Control Research Center at Zhejiang University. It describes as follows, ‘Seven universities with public health schools integrated within their medical schools (Zhejiang, Beijing, Harbin, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Ningxia and Shanxi) have made their campuses smoke-free and have incorporated tobacco control into their curricula for public health students. A group of public health and education experts are now promoting and encouraging all universities to make their campuses smoke-free, and those with public health departments to deliver tobacco control courses as part of their curriculum. A smoke-free universities website (www.tfcampuschina.com) has been launched to provide useful information and resources for this initiative. Zhejiang University is simultaneously building on the seven smoke-free universities initiative by expanding it to another 24 universities, with the aim of having at least one major university (with a public health department) smoke-free and offering tobacco control as part of their public health curriculum in every province by the end of 2011’.
Just this past month, tobacco control initiative was promoted at the twelfth Five-Year Plan Meeting by government officials making this initiative even more important. This paper is not only an update of tobacco control in China, but also a guide and encouragement for other universities to ‘jump on board’. We hope every university will take the opportunity to join us in helping promote a smoke-free China.