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Beijing Implements Strict New Smoking Ban

Bloomberg Business: Beijing’s About to Roll Out Its Harshest Smoking Ban Ever
“Starting on June 1 in Beijing a blanket ban will be imposed on smoking in public places, after the city’s Municipal People’s Congress passed the tough new law in November…” (Roberts, 5/29).

CNN: Beijing rolls out China’s toughest smoking ban…but will it work?
“A tough new ban on smoking indoors rolls out across the Chinese capital Monday, with lighting up now prohibited in all offices, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and airports. Many outdoor public places such as the areas outside kindergartens and hospitals will also be required to be smoke-free…” (Hunt, 6/1).

Reuters: China capital to roll out tough anti-smoking laws
“…Health activists have pushed for years for stronger restrictions on smoking in China, the world’s largest tobacco consumer, which is considering further anti-smoking curbs nationwide…” (Rajagopalan, 5/30).

Wall Street Journal: Women Drafted Into Beijing’s Bid to Get Smokers to Butt Out
“…This time around proponents hope to unleash a new weapon in enforcement: Women. Health officials say they’re relying on the community to help the local government enforce the ban in China’s capital…” (Brukitt, 5/31).

Xinhua News: China Focus: Beijing awarded by WHO for new smoking ban
“Beijing was honored by the World Health Organization (WHO) on World No Tobacco Day on Sunday for the city’s new smoking ban, set to take effect on June 1…” (5/31).

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