Shanghai Works to Ban Smoking

In preparation for the World Expo, Shanghai is working hard to set up nonsmoking areas in its restaurants and office buildings, as the city has banned smoking in public areas, reports ABCNews.com. The six-month event, which kicks off May 1, will be focused around the theme, "Better City, Better Life."

While the city's heart (and lungs) is in the right place, its citizens seem less than optimistic. Xu Baofeng, a manager at a mobile phone service outlet told ABC, "The regulations are not going to work. China is at least 50 years behind advanced countries, and people here lack self-discipline."

The World Expo is planning on drawing 70 million people to Shanghai.

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