China Bans Smoking in Public Places but with No Penalties for Breaking the Rules

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China introduces a smoking ban.

More than a million Chinese die each year from smoking related diseases, according to the China Centre for Disease Control.  China has the world’s most serious smoking problem so China has banned smoking in public places in an attempt to placate the World Health Organization, however, there are no penalties for those who flout the rules.


New York City to Ban Smoking Outdoors

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Smoking outside could soon be illegal in New York.

New York City officials have announced a plan to ban smoking outdoors.  City officials said that the new legislation would outlaw smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas throughout the American city.  That means no smoking in Central Park or on the Coney Island boardwalk.