China bans smoking in more places starting May 01

The regulation calls for no-smoking signs to be put up in public places.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 11:19 AM IST

Beijing: China will ban smoking in more indoor public places like hotels and restaurants as of May 01, while excluding many workplaces.

The guidelines given on the Health Ministry`s website is the latest effort to curb tobacco use in the country with the most smokers in the world.

Dr Sarah England, head of the World Health Organization`s Tobacco Free Initiative in China, says the regulation covers a broader array of venues than previous guidelines issued in 1991. But it excludes government offices and other workplaces.
The regulation calls for no-smoking signs to be put up in public places, and requires owners of public places to employ staff to persuade smokers to stop smoking.

Bureau Report