May 2, 2011

Up in Smoke

For so long, everywhere we went in China was covered with smoke. No, not the smoke from the coal burning to heat Harbin, but cigarette smoke. Head to a restaurant, smoke. Go to buy vegetables, smoke. Ride in a taxi, smoke. Inside the university hallways, smoke.

But now there may be a slight hope. China is banning smoking in all public places beginning May 1. Before our lungs can celebrate, we'll need a little enforcement.

Here's an example from yesterday. Kanyon and I went to play at a giant indoor playground with clearly marked signs prohibiting food or drink inside the playground. What do we see? We see families with backpacks full of food having a picnic under the no food or drink sign.

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