Public Smoking Banned in Beijing

Public Smoking Banned in BeijingPublic Smoking Banned in Beijing

Public smoking in China’s capital, Beijing, is now banned after the introduction of a new law.

China has over 300 million smokers and over a million Chinese people die from smoking-related illnesses every year. Smoking bans existed in China, but have largely failed to crack down on the habit.

The tougher regulations ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport in Beijing. Thousands of inspectors will enforce the rules. A pack of cigarettes in China can cost less than 5 yuan ($0.70), reports

Students wearing masks with no smoking signs attended an anti-smoking lecture ahead of the World No Tobacco Day, at a middle school in Fuyang, Anhui province, China, on May 29. World No Tobacco Day falls on May 31 every year.