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Beijing vows to launch toughest-ever crackdown on smoking in June

Beijing will dispatch tobacco inspectors across the city next month in what is local media say is the capital’s toughest-ever anti-smoking campaign.

The inspectors will target illegal smoking at hotels and tourist attractions, The Beijing News reported, citing unnamed officials at the Beijing Municipal Tourism Commission.

Smoking will be not allowed at all key cultural sites in the capital and designated outside smoking areas will be set up in other tourist sites where outdoor smoking is permitted.

Tour guides will also be trained to help enforce the anti-smoking bans.

But from June 1, smoking will be banned at indoor places, workplaces and on public transport. Businesses that flout the law will face fines of up to 10,000 yuan (HK$12,600) and repeat offenders could have their business licences revoked.

Tobacco companies will also be banned from sponsoring public events, and tobacco advertising be removed from television, radio and the internet.

China is home to 300 million smokers, while 740 million more are exposed to second-hand smoke, state media has reported.

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