Beijing to Put Limits on Smoking in Public

Associated Press

The capital of the world's largest producer and consumer of tobacco will limit smoking in public places.

The standing committee of the Beijing People's Congress on Thursday passed the no-smoking law, which is to go into effect May 15, the official New China News Agency reported.

The new law says any citizen has the right to require a smoker to stop smoking in public places. It also stipulates that no-smoking and smoking areas should be clearly designated.

No-smoking areas include waiting rooms, school classrooms, theaters, meeting rooms, music halls and public transport facilities.

China has more than 350 million smokers who consume 150 billion cigarettes annually, 30% of the world's total.

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