Welcome to China Tobacco Museum in Shanghai.
Located at the intersection of Changyang Road and Tongbei Road in Yangpu District in Shanghai City, opposite of the the Shanghai Cigarette Factory, the China Tobacco Museum catches people’s eyes by its magnificent appearance ‘and human values’.
A mild smoker once, it has been 15 years since I left the habit but the visit to a recovering friend in a Hospital in China, made me feel glad of turning-off the vice.
Tough rules (…that only happen in private Hospitals) dragged all the smokers to have a fast puff and leave their still-burning cigarette to ignite a smoke mass of urine and excrement samples, half eaten food, phlegms, medicine etc.
An odor you could hardly imagine, will challenge my desire to live in China until today.
Bad introduction for non-smokers, China is, and will probably be for a long time the world’s smoking capital. And despite world’s growing awareness on smoking diseases, China makes it a popular habit to reverence.
The China Tobacco Museum houses seven exhibition halls, including the hall of tobacco development, tobacco industry, tobacco agriculture, tobacco management, tobacco trade, tobacco culture, and smoking control hall.
Recently awarded the title “Patriotic Education Base” the museum is not only sponsored by the Tobacco industry but its also a very popular day trip for (ready?) primary and secondary school students from Shanghai and other provinces that could afford the ‘cultural’ trip.
The stories on how the Tobacco workers fought courageously during war times to keep the industry alive, will make your tears fall… (?) You’ll also learn how the Smoking industry helps the economy and helps remote areas to build new schools and clinics and other institutions (true).
Smoking is good in China and it will be all around you when you visit, never mind the location, status nor elegance of your surroundings.
At the China Tobacco Museum, ‘Low tar’ means ‘low risk’ even though smoking cancer kills around one million Chinese a year, that is about 2,000 people a day.
So, if you ever had bad memories of your visit to Meguro’s Parasitological museum in Tokyo, maybe your visit to Shanghai’s China Tobacco Museum will make your blue sky a bit better to inhale.