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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.723m (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:723
  1. Richard Tomlinson
  1. Beijing

    China has no national law banning smoking in public places, but since 1993, local governments have issued rules forbidding smoking in certain venues.

    At the moment 73 cities and 5 provinces have introduced such regulations, and more are expected to follow. Among the venues covered are cinemas, public meeting rooms, indoor sports stadiums, museums, schools, hospitals, post offices, and all public transport. The problem is one of enforcement, which varies greatly, especially away from the big cities. …

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