BEIJING – China’s capital has passed a smoking ban for all indoor public places and offices, state media reported, despite the failure of past attempts to limit where the country’s 300 million smokers can light up.
The new regulation, passed Friday, comes into force in June and also bans tobacco advertising outdoors, on public transport and on nearly every form of media, including magazines, radio, TV, films, newspapers and books, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Tobacco kills more than a million people each year in China, where some brands can be purchased for as little as three yuan ($0.49). Chinese and foreign experts say the number of smoking deaths could triple by 2030.
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