Strict ban badly needed in China to cut smoking, experts say (3)

18:01, February 25, 2011      

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The ban is to be extended to hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, beauty salons, mahjong houses and other entertainment venues from Jan. 1, 2013.

Ying said if the bill was passed in its original form, Nanchang would set an example on smoke-free legislation that many cities would follow.

China has ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. But experts say its implementation falls short of the government's promise, mainly due to interference by the country's powerful tobacco industry.

China's state tobacco monopoly is also the world's largest cigarette maker, China Tobacco Corporation. Tobacco revenue accounts for roughly 7 percent of the government's tax income.

Source: Xinhua
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