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Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:49:39 PM »
What's that smell in the Beijing air?  Well, after May 1 it likely won't be tobacco smoke.  :)

Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics

Beijing is to ban smoking in most public places from May 1 as part of its efforts to improve the city ahead of the Olympics, state media reported on Monday.
Lighting up in the Chinese capital will be prohibited in all restaurants, offices and schools, becoming the first city in China to have such a comprehensive ban, the China Daily reported.

Hotels must also have rooms for non-smokers, but the proportion is still being discussed, a tobacco control expert involved in drafting the new rule told the paper.

Bars, meanwhile, will be required to clearly separate smoking from non-smoking areas, according to the newspaper.

Institutions that fail to comply face fines of up to 5,000 yuan (700 dollars), and there are proposals to fine individuals up to 200 yuan although this has not been decided yet, the China Daily said.


Beijing authorities had announced in January that there would be a ban, but Monday's report was the first time a start date had been announced.

The city already has some restrictions on smoking in place, such as bans in cinemas, sports arenas and other large public venues, but they have had little success.

Beijing taxi drivers have also, in theory, been banned since last year from smoking in their vehicles.

The approach of the August Games has provided the impetus for the new ban, with Beijing pledging a smoke-free Olympics.

The places that will accommodate athletes and officials during the Games will all be non-smoking.

China has about 350 million smokers, or about a quarter of its population, and accounts for a third of the world's smokers, according to official statistics.

About a million people die of smoking-related diseases each year in China.
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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2008, 12:37:24 AM »
Like that's going to be an issue in the midst of the Tibetan riots...I must say, it's about the best political move Tibet has made in years.
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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2008, 01:24:43 AM »
Like that's going to be an issue in the midst of the Tibetan riots...I must say, it's about the best political move Tibet has made in years.

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Forget Tibet!!, Free Kurdistan..

Tibet is Chinese my Friend.. CHINESE!!!

Stupid Free Tibet Hippies disgust me.
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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2008, 01:58:00 AM »
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Forget Tibet!!, Free Kurdistan..

Tibet is Chinese my Friend.. CHINESE!!!

Stupid Free Tibet Hippies disgust me.

Any group of people who wish to be independent have a right to be so. I don't know that Tibet will get anywhere with all of this, but I hope it's the catalyst that makes the Republic of China officially declare their independence...it's a long shot, I know, but not impossible.
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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2008, 02:00:50 AM »
Any group of people who wish to be independent have a right to be so. I don't know that Tibet will get anywhere with all of this, but I hope it's the catalyst that makes the Republic of China officially declare their independence...it's a long shot, I know, but not impossible.

Yes. Your against the split up of Serbia..Please wish the same For China. Double standard loving person.

(Late night edit by Salpy to replace inappropriate word with "person."  Really, sdcheung, is that the mouth you kiss your mother and take Communion with?)

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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2008, 02:14:19 AM »
Yes. Your against the split up of Serbia..Please wish the same For China. Double standard loving person.

I'm editing the quote to match the edit in the original post - Cleveland, GM.

We're getting into politics here...perhaps you should repost this in the other thread you opened in the politics forum and I'll respond.
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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2008, 06:45:23 AM »
Save the political comments for the politics forum, please.
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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2008, 08:19:22 AM »
I heard a bit on this on the radio yesterday.  Never mind the tobacco smoke, a cyclist was quoted that the general air pollution in Beijing is bad enough that a bike-race could not be completed. 

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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2008, 09:35:12 AM »
I heard a bit on this on the radio yesterday.  Never mind the tobacco smoke, a cyclist was quoted that the general air pollution in Beijing is bad enough that a bike-race could not be completed. 

I was there for three days in 2001 and (prepare for grossout) every time I blew my nose the contents were black.  It's sad to see a city so beautiful so polluted.
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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2008, 10:45:57 PM »
I was there for three days in 2001 and (prepare for grossout) every time I blew my nose the contents were black.  It's sad to see a city so beautiful so polluted.
I was there for two days in 1999, and my nose, which didn't start itching like mad until I arrived in Beijing, stopped itching the day I left. :P
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Re: Beijing to ban smoking ahead of Olympics
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2008, 09:04:25 AM »
I just can't believe people havn't rioted about this.  Could you imagine an eastern european country doing something like this?  FORGET about it.  lol.   ;D ;D
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