The Monitor's View Dousing China's puffing dragon

China has launched a campaign for nonsmokers and against nicotine addiction. Despite a lack of enforcement of current smoking bans and the government's addiction to tobacco revenue, China might become a model for other countries.



Soon after Xi Jinping became China’s new leader two years ago, the ruling Communist Party told officials to set an example by not smoking in public and to not hand out cigarettes as gifts. It turned out to be the first of many more attempts to curtail smoking in China, the world’s largest maker and consumer of tobacco.