People's Daily attacks tobacco ads in Chinese city

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BEIJING -- People's Daily, the most influential newspaper in China, published on September 3 four photos and one article criticizing Chengdu, capital city of Southwest China's Sichuan Province, for the mushrooming of tobacco advertising.

The article says that tobacco ads in 1995 could only be seen on telephone stalls and cigarette kiosks. But now tobacco ads have become the most eye- catching phenomenon in the city and can be seen at railway stations, airport, bustling commercial streets and buses. The advertised brands of cigarettes include 555, Marlboro and Mild Seven as well as famous domestic brands.

The article says Chengdu itself has already announced the ban of tobacco ads in public places. But the rampant tobacco ads in the city lead critics to doubt the determination of relevant authorities of the city to ban tobacco ads in public places, the article notes.

Copyright September 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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