March 9, 1997 in Nation/World

New Limits On Smoking Scheduled In China

Compiled From Wire Services

China’s 350 million smokers won’t be allowed to light up on planes, trains or taxis starting this spring.

The world’s biggest producer and consumer of tobacco will ban smoking on public transportation and at airports and train stations beginning May 1, the official Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

Beijing and 25 other major cities already impose fines of up to $600 for smoking in theaters, hospitals, grade schools and other public places.

Seventy percent of Chinese men over 25 smoke, and the number of women smokers is rising.

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