Tobacco ad ban slipped in before Hong Kong handover

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government, in one of the last moves under British colonial rule, has passed legislation banning tobacco display advertisements. The ban includes billboards, light projections from buildings, and print ads, as well as sponsorship of sports and cultural events.

The anti-smoking lobby in the Legislative Council also pushed through a Democratic Party amendment that requires restaurants to designate at least a third of their floor space as non-smoking areas.

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