South China city to ban tobacco ads

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BEIJING -- Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province and also the largest city in South China, will ban all cigarette ads before August 25 to help build a "sanitary, healthy and modern metropolis," China Daily reports.

In addition, all complementary promotional products that contain tobacco advertising will be disallowed in public places. These products include umbrellas, balloons and lighters.

Meanwhile all buses and other public vehicles must refuse to carry cigarette advertisements, according to an official from the Headquarters of Building A National Sanitary Metropolis of the Guangzhou municipal government, quoted by China Daily.

All tobacco marketers will have to clear cigarette ads before the deadline, or face penalties.

The municipal government expects the city to become a modern metropolis without cigarette ads. But China Daily also quoted an official from the Municipal Bureau of Industry and Commerce as saying that all the advertisements are legal and that his bureau has to study the matter carefully.

Copyright August 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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