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China bans smoking in public places
May 3, 2011, 10:41 am
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China, a country with more than three million smokers, will ban smoking in public places this Sunday. Under the new policy all bars, restaurants, hospitals, theaters, hotels, parks and some mass-transit vehicles will be smoke-free zones.

Qualifying public forums are now required to display large ‘No Smoking’ signs but fines or penalties for breaking the new ban have yet to be released or specified. Yang Gonghuan of China’s National Office of Tobacco Control told the AP that while he acknowledged certain imperfections in the existing ban regulations, the Chinese should “all come together to help push forward the regulation’s implementation.”

One third of all cigarettes smoked globally can be accounted for by China. China suffers one million smoking-related deaths per year.

Source: Third Age

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