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How about NSE (non-smoking-events)

Thomas writes:

How about NSE (non-smoking-events)

I think a lot of people dislike smoking at events and restaurants nowadays, especially since in most foreign countries smoking is banned at such places.

In Denmark the 'coolness effect' of smoking is increasingly being replaced and smoking is seen as a pathetic weakness, on line with other drug additions, to alcohol, heroin etc.

And many just feels uncomfortable getting cancer from the the 2nd hand smoking, and dislike smell of smoke on clothes, body and hair.

Guess it would be kind of cool and front running if szparty had a kinda NSE logo, and some events could be NSE, (such as Scandinavian club), as its probably just a question of time when china will follow suit and ban smoking, even that could take a while, but the expat community could lead the way?

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I'm afraid the non-smokers

I'm afraid the non-smokers are quite the minority in China. It will literally take decades for China to follow the trend that's occurring in the Western countries. For a true non-smoking event, you would need to leave China or have it in a private home. Public venues are not willing to accommodate the non-smokers due to the very simple fact that they would lose about 80% to 90% of their business.

And now the China smoking fun facts - courtesy of the World Health Organization:
# About 67% of men smoke, and 4% of women.
# Among youths, about a third of male teens smoke and nearly 8% of females.
# One of every three cigarettes consumed worldwide is smoked in China.
# Smoking will kill about a third of all young Chinese men alive (under 30 years).
# About 3,000 people die every day in China due to smoking.
# There are more than 300 million Chinese smokers - more than the entire US population. They consume an estimated 1.7 trillion cigarettes per year - or 3 million cigarettes every minute.
# China is the world's largest tobacco producer, accounting for about a quarter of the global tobacco leaf production.
# China used to be closed to tobacco multinationals. But in the last two decades, with the opening up of the Chinese economy, multinationals have been aggressively fighting for a piece of the Chinese market, seen as a "prize" market.
# In 1990, 68% of male physicians were smokers and 65% of teachers.
# Smoking contributes to four of the five leading causes of death in China today.
# In 1993, WHO estimated that while China gained $5 billion in tobacco taxes, the country lost $7.8 billion in productivity and additional health care costs.
# A study in Minhang district found smokers spent an average of 60% of their personal income and 17% of household income on cigarettes.

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