Saturday, April 19, 2008
On March 31st, the Beijing municipal government promulgated a set of rules, effective May 1st, that banned smoking in many public places, including restaurants. My thought at the time was that if they could really make this ban stick, we would have to rethink many of our ideas about Chinese state capacity. It looks like we can postpone the rethinking: the China Daily reports that "Beijing restaurants, bars and Internet cafes have been exempted from a proposed smoking ban at public venues in response to concerns expressed by business owners." Here's the Associated Press report.