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A smoke inside the airport? Not any more

SHANGHAI’S two airports will ban smoking inside terminal buildings from this Sunday.

Shanghai Airport Authority said yesterday all indoor smoking rooms will be closed. The authority has set up outdoor smoking areas and smokers will be guided to these designated areas.

“The new ban is accord with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as well as the city’s new smoking control regulation,” an airport authority official said.

The city’s legislative body is evaluating stricter rules that will extend smoking bans to all indoor public venues, including hotels, restaurants, offices, airports and public transport.

Two outdoor smoking areas have been set up at Pudong airport’s T1 terminal, and three have been placed at the T2 terminal at Pudong. Hongqiao airport has two outdoor smoking areas at both its terminal buildings.

The city’s railway stations have also shut down all indoor smoking rooms.

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