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Writing on the wall for smokers

HEALTH authorities are to install no-smoking signs in government buildings, offices, schools and hospitals this year, officials from the Shanghai Patriotic Health Campaign Commission Office said yesterday.

As part of a campaign to turn Shanghai into a "Healthy City," restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues will also have signs in place by 2011.

About 300 restaurants and hotels in the city have already installed no-smoking areas and another 6,000 large and medium-sized restaurants and hotels will have no-smoking areas in place by 2010.

Office Director Li Zhongyang said the city will introduce tougher measures on smoking with the first anti-smoking laws now under discussion by the Shanghai Health Bureau and the Shanghai People's Congress.

Experts have suggested banning smoking in all workplaces, public places and on public transport and giving non-smokers the legal right to discourage people from smoking in public.

"The healthy lifestyle promoted by our commission includes encouraging people to take action against smoking indoors," she said. "The no-smoking signs are effective - research conducted by Fudan University found about 70 percent of people would abide by the signs."


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