Can China really stop 350 million people from smoking?

January 19, 2014 8:28 PM

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Can China really stop 350 million people from smoking?

BEIJING – There are some 350 million smokers across China, but walking through the country’s many restaurants, bars and other public spaces, you’d be forgiven if you thought there were even more.

It was hardly a surprise when the National Health and Family Planning Commission announced last week that China – the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco and home to nearly a third of the world’s smokers – was planning to ban smoking in public places nationwide by year’s end.

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