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Smoking ban likely for pubs, karaoke bars

SMOKING may be banned in pubs, Internet cafes and karaoke bars from January next year, according to a new draft law to control smoking in public areas.

Shanghai's first law controlling smoking was designed to protect the health of women and children, Oriental Morning Post reported today.

The draft law also bans smoking in schools and kindergartens, hospitals, and most government departments. It suggests a smoking ban in restaurants but won't ban the practice, the report said.

About 30 percent of city residents smoke, lower than China's average but higher than in most overseas countries, said Zhou Yupeng, vice director of the Shanghai People's Congress standing committee.

The draft law may be issued in January at the annual meeting of the Shanghai People's Congress, the director of Shanghai Smoking Control Office told a conference in April this year.


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