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October 1990

A Smoke-Free Hospital in China

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Washington, DC

Arch Intern Med. 1990;150(10):2213. doi:10.1001/archinte.1990.00390210157041

To the Editor. —I have read with great interest the article by Barker and associates1 on a smoke-free hospital program. I was further moved by the recent comments made by Kawane2 from Japan.

What occurs in Japan concerning smoking is also happening in China. Like Japan, China is a civilized and industrial nation and one of the developing countries concerned with smoking. Like Japan, many spot commercials sponsored not only by Chinese but also by American tobacco companies appear on China's television every night. As a matter of fact, I was told that the chief executive officer of one of the largest tobacco companies in the United States boasted at a stockholders' meeting that while the American Surgeon General is bashing the tobacco industry there will always be a market for cigarettes in the Asian countries.

According to M. Z. Chen, MD, Minister of Public Health, The People's

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