Smoking in public is ranked first among the top ten bad habits
damaging air quality in Beijing, a recent survey says.
Other culprits include bad driving habits and the use of
pollution-inducing decorative materials. More than 180,000 Internet
users participated in the survey, part of the drive towards holding
a "green Olympics" next year.
A survey organizer told Xinhua Net that more and more residents
in the capital are aware that smoking in public is harmful to the
air they breathe.
Beijing, with 4 million smokers, has already banned smoking in
taxis. Smoking will also be forbidden on other forms of public
transportation and in restaurants before the 2008 Olympics.
(CRI October 29, 2007)