World Tobacco Association Declares China “Best Place for Smokers” 12 Years in a Row

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Photo © Szymon Kochanski from Flickr

BEIJING – On Monday, the World Tobacco Association recognized China as the “best place for smokers” for the 12th consecutive year, awarding it the Golden Butt for its outstanding friendliness and relaxed restrictions toward tobacco consumption.

Although China banned smoking in most public places in 2011, the law goes unenforced, with cigarettes regularly lit in restaurants, offices, public bathrooms, surgery wards, playgrounds, food processing plants and fireworks factories.

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Beijing Air to Carry Surgeon General’s Warning

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Beijing pollution

BEIJING — The Beijing municipal government made headlines today when it announced that the city’s air was so polluted it had to carry a warning label.

“Beijing air is responsible for the premature deaths of over 2,000 people a year in this city,” said government spokesman Wang Zhiming. “It is our duty to stop this epidemic before it spirals out of control.”

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