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China's capital bans indoor smoking, but tobacco is ingrained in nation's life – 4 de Junio de 2015 – China

And that's one problem with Beijing's latest attempt, announced this week, to ban indoor smoking in the capital city of the world's biggest manufacturer and consumer of tobacco.

"You have to light a cigarette just to get familiar with an interviewee,'' says Vincent Ni, of the BBC's China Services. "If two guys smoke, I will trust him further, and he will trust me further. And I'll get my stories."

It's important at times even to pretend to be a smoker, says Ni, a social smoker. "It's a show of your masculinity," he says. "If you go out with a bunch of guys, the first question is, 'Why don't you smoke,' right? It's part of the culture."

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