Smoking rules get high praise
Anti-tobacco advocates welcomed a new draft regulation of the national smoking control for public places, but said it could be strengthened even more.
The draft would ban smoking in public places and ban all forms of tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco products, as well as smoking scenes in films and TV shows.
The draft also requires a graphic warning on cigarette packages that covers at least half of the package space.
Speaking highly of the ban on cigarette sales to minors, Gan Quan, China director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, pointed to a lack of a ban on tobacco retailers near schools.
China has more than 300 million smokers and 740 million other people are exposed to secondhand smoke each year.