Beijing to make indoor public places smoke free by 2015

16:49, December 28, 2010      

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Beijing is expected to make all the city's indoor public places, workplaces and public transport smoke-free by 2015, according to The Beijing News.

Mao Yu, a press spokesman of the Beijing Municipal Health Bureau at a news conference indicated that the current smoking-control regulations have been included the 12th Five-Year Plan of Beijing health protection. Before the end of 2015, Beijing will strive to make all the city's public places, workplaces and public transport 100 percent smoke free.

Obviously, Beijing set its goal several years later than the central government, which promises to ban smoking in indoor public places starting Jan. 1, 2011. The related staff said frankly that to achieve completely smoke-free indoor public places may be unrealistic at the beginning of next year.

The Ministry Of Health of The People's Republic Of China and the Beijing Municipal Health Bureau have issued a smoking ban during this year, which requires medical institutions to take the lead to promote smoke-free indoor public places and workplaces.

In addition, the first step was for health authorities to better implement the smoking ban in medical institutions as a drop in medical professionals smoking could set an example for society.

By Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online
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