Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Officials face public smoking ban

Chinese officials have been ordered to take the lead over the country's ban on smoking in public places
Chinese officials have been ordered to take the lead over the country's ban on smoking in public places

China is asking its officials to take the lead over a ban on smoking in public places.

The official Xinhua news agency says officials are not allowed to smoke in schools, hospitals, sports venues or on public transport, or to smoke or offer cigarettes when performing official duties.

Xinhua said yesterday the new rules were contained in a circular from the Communist Party's central committee and the state council, or China's cabinet.

China has more than 300 million smokers.

In 2011, China's health ministry issued guidelines banning smoking in indoor public places, including hotels and restaurants, but they are not strictly enforced.

AP

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