Beijing seeks to ban purchase of cigarettes with public funds
Published on Apr 11, 2014 7:18 PM
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's capital Beijing is proposing to ban the use of government money to buy cigarettes, either as gifts or to be provided at official functions, state media said on Friday, in the latest move to try and curtail smoking.
China, home to some 300 million smokers, is the world's largest consumer of tobacco, and smoking is a ubiquitous part of social life, particularly for men.
Cartons of cigarettes are commonly given as presents or provided at formal events.
The Beijing government rules, currently in the proposal stage, would ban cigarettes being provided or given at any official event, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
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