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Smoke free warriors in China

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Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province – and home to the famous Terracotta Warriors – has unveiled a regulation that bans smoking in all indoor public venues.

The regulation, released in August, also prohibits smoking in some outdoor public places, such as schools, stadiums, and health institutions for pregnant women and children.

Smokers who do not adhere to the regulation will be fined 10 yuan (US$1.5), and venue owners may be fined up to 1,000 yuan.

The regulation will take effect on November 1.

Xi’anis the latest major Chinese city to ban smoking in all indoor public venues, following Beijing and Shanghai.

There are over 300 million smokers and 740 million people exposed to second-hand smoke in China.

The country has set a target to reduce the smoking rate among people aged 15 and above to 20 per cent by 2030 from the current 27.7 per cent, according to the Healthy China 2030 blueprint, which was issued in 2016.