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China bans smoking on trains and buses

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7083.769g (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:769
  1. Richard Tomlinson
  1. Beijing

    China is to ban smoking on its public transport system from 1 May, the latest in a series of government regulations designed to encourage the world's biggest nation of smokers to stub out their cigarettes.

    The ban will cover railway carriages, ship and aeroplane cabins, buses, subways, and taxis, as well as ticket halls and waiting rooms. However, smoking will be allowed in specially designated areas, in particular the connecting passageways between train carriages, which may raise new safety concerns. The announcement was made last week by the National Committee for Patriotic Health Campaign and by …

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