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Public Smoking Banned In China’s Capital

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Under a law passed on Monday, June 1, 2015 anyone caught smoking near schools and hospitals will be fined $32.25 in Beijing, the Chinese capital.

Anyone who breaks the law three times will be mentioned and shamed on a government website, while businesses can be fined up to $1,600 for failing to stamp out smoking on their premises.

The government will also restrict cigarettes to be sold to shops within 100 metres of primary schools and kindergatens, according to state media.

China has more than 300 million smokers, and more than 1 million people die each year due to smoking-related diseases, according to the National Health and family Planning Commission.

More than half of China’s population, buys cigarettes at less than $0.80 a pack.

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