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Nationwide public smoking ban expected by year’s end

A nationwide ban on smoking in public places circulated as a draft two years ago and building upon curbs in nearly 20 Chinese cities is expected to become law by the end of 2016, the Shanghai Daily reported.

Smoking would be prohibited at indoor public venues, on public transportation and outdoors in areas where schools and youth facilities are present, the newspaper said, citing a draft. Smoking in stadiums also would be banned. Mao Qun’an, a senior spokesperson with the National Health and Family Planning Commission, reportedly said the regulation was making its way through the legislative process and would be issued by the end of the year.

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