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Experts fume at tobacco technology award

By Zhao Qian (Global Times)

09:18, April 10, 2012

The country's health experts appealed to the Ministry of Science and Technology to remove the tobacco technology project from the shortlist for the National Award for Science and Technology Progress, in a bid to prohibit certain research activities from harming human health.

The award shortlist, publicized on the ministry's website on March 23, includes Chinese-style cigarette technology, which may soften the taste of cigarettes and improve tobacco processing techniques.

The ministry has begun soliciting public opinion about the award list, which will last until April 30.

"The technologies violated relevant guidelines of the country's award for science and technology, as well as the national science and technology progress law, which clearly formulates that any research activities can not harm human health," Yang Gonghuan, head of the China Tobacco Control Office affiliated with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Global Times Monday.

The technology also deviates from the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control issued by the World Health Organization, which requires all parties to uncompromisingly reduce tobacco product consumption, and has been put into play in China since 2006, Yang noted.

Yang also wrote a letter to the Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang, to oppose awarding the tobacco company the prize.

Yang appealed to the ministry to review the previous six prizes given to the tobacco industry, with three of them awarding technologies reducing the effects of tar in tobacco.

The ministry has received a letter from the Chinese CDC and already negotiated with the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, who submitted the awards project, an official with the ministry was quoted by the Bejing News as saying Monday.

"Various work is being carried out smoothly according to the formal procedure," the official said.

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