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China pushes ahead with ban on indoor smoking

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1990 (Published 28 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1990

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  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

China’s Ministry of Health has announced revisions to its guidelines on smoking in public places, banning smoking in indoor public places from 1 May. China ratified the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005 but missed the 9 January 2011 deadline to ban indoor smoking.

The move has been welcomed by tobacco control activists and public health experts. “This is a very significant move, as it comes from the central government. It’s a very important step to denormalise smoking and to protect people from the serious hazards of secondhand smoke,” said Tai-Hing Lam, head of the Department of Community Medicine at the University …

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