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A new smoking ban has been introduced in China's city Beijing. It coincides with World No Tobacco Day and was welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The came into on June the 1st and is the toughest anti-smoking law to be implemented in China. It prohibits smoking in all indoor public , on public transport and in workplaces. Unlike other bans in China, this one is backed up by fines for anyone lighting up indoors in public. Restaurants will have a big to play in implementing the ban. Restaurant owners will face a heavy if they do not stop people smoking. The public is also being encouraged to report breaking the law.

The WHO rewarded Beijing with a special . A WHO spokesperson said: "We applauded Beijing for its strong and determined in protecting the of its people by making public places smoke-. We are delighted to be formally recognising the Beijing Municipal Government with a WHO World No Tobacco Day Award." China has a long way to go to get its to stop smoking. The country is the world's largest tobacco and consumer. There are around 300 smokers in China, which is almost the same as the population of the USA. More than one million Chinese die each year from smoking-related .

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