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Shanghai bans public smoking

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1460a (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1460
  1. Richard Tomlinson
  1. Freelance Journalist, Beijing.

    The city of Shanghai this week introduced a ban on smoking in many indoor public places in the latest attempt to halt China's rise in tobacco consumption. The Shanghai municipal government regulation came into force on 1 December, forbidding smoking in various public venues including cinemas, theatres, and karaoke rooms.

    According to the preventive health department of the Shanghai Bureau of Public Health, it is the owners of the premises who will be fined under the new regulations rather than the illicit smokers themselves. Among the designated smoke free zones are big department stores, all public transport vehicles, museums, exhibition centres, sports stadiums, and hospitals. Not …

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