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Tobacco advertising on the street in Kunming, China
  1. L Li,
  2. H-H Yong
  1. VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control, The Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Dr L Li, PhD, VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control, The Cancer Council Victoria, 100 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia; lin.li{at}cancervic.org.au

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China ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in October 2005, promising to ban all tobacco advertising by January 2011. To prepare for and ensure an effective and comprehensive ban, it is important to monitor the current channels and levels of tobacco advertising and promotion. Our recent trip to Kunming City, capital of the south-western province of Yunnan, gave us a gleam of the prevalence of tobacco advertising and the strategies adopted by the local tobacco companies in promoting their products.

We attended a workshop on tobacco control policy evaluation in Kunming in late April 2008. During our three-day stay there we were quite “impressed” …

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