China clamps down on films and TV series that ‘have too many smoking scenes’

China has vowed to clamp down on films and TV series that have ‘too many’ smoking scenes in a bid to keep its youngsters away from cigarettes. 

The country’s central government has ordered its entertainment censors to increase its screening efforts on productions that show their characters puffing away.

Smoking scenes that are deemed irrelevant to the plot or the characters will face being cut.

The Chinese government has ordered its entertainment censors to step up their effort in screening films and TV series that feature their characters smoking too frequently. Above, Carrie Bradshaw, one of the protagonists in popular US show Sex and the City's

The Chinese government has ordered its entertainment censors to step up their effort in screening films and TV series that feature their characters smoking too frequently. Above, Carrie Bradshaw, one of the protagonists in popular US show Sex and the City's

The Chinese government has ordered its entertainment censors to step up their effort in screening films and TV series that show their characters smoking too frequently. Above, Carrie Bradshaw, one of the protagonists in HBO’s hit show Sex and the City’s, is seen puffing away

Movies and TV programmes that feature the action ‘extensively’ will be barred from awards. 

The directive was jointly issued late last month by eight governmental organs, including National Health Commission, Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China as well as National Radio and Television Administration. 

There are more than 300 million smokers in China, nearly one-third of the world’s total, according to WTO

Every year, around one million Chinese people die from diseases caused by tobacco. 

Every year, around one million people die from diseases caused by tobacco in China, which has more than 300 million smokers in total. Above, a man is seen smoking in Beijing

Every year, around one million people die from diseases caused by tobacco in China, which has more than 300 million smokers in total. Above, a man is seen smoking in Beijing

Every year, around one million people die from diseases caused by tobacco in China, which has more than 300 million smokers in total. Above, a man is seen smoking in Beijing

Statistics from 2010 showed that nearly one-third of its population smoked. 

Cities across the country have launched smoking bans, but they have largely failed to curb their citizens’ habit.   

Beijing passed law in 2015 to forbid its residents from smoking indoors in public establishments. 

The regulation cut down the number of people who smoked in the capital city by 1.1 per cent, according to a China News report from last year.

People’s low legal consciousness and self-discipline as well as weak enforcement from businesses are thought to be some of the reasons behind the failure of the ban.

More cities, including Hangzhou and Shenzhen, have rolled out their anti-smoking regulations this year.  

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