Public smoking in China’s capital Beijing is now banned.
Smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport has now been banned which is no surprise after statistics show that China has over 200 million smokers and more than one million of them die each year due to smoking-related illnesses.
The country consumes a third of the worlds cigarettes, more than half of the men in China smoke but hardly any women smoke. Many of these people are unaware of the health risks and accuse authorities of not warning them of the dangers and outcomes of smoking.
The World Health Organization has welcomed the new tougher regulations.
“When implemented, this new law will permanently bring clean air to all of Beijing’s indoor public places – in doing so, protecting Beijing’s more than 20 million residents from the deadly effects of exposure to toxic second-hand smoke,” said its representative in China, Dr Bernhard Schwartlander.