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Singapore 'smoking ban' sounds radical, but it's an odd way to reduce air pollution

On January 1 2019, Singapore will introduce a "no smoking zone" along a three kilometre stretch of Orchard Road – one of the city's busiest shopping districts. It sounds controversial – restricting people's right to smoke in public spaces, as a way of tackling air pollution and improving public health. But smoking is not actually banned down the length of Orchard Road: instead, smokers will be concentrated in 40 designated smoking areas, spaced 100-200 metres apart.  Air pollution is a major challenge for cities around the world, as it's a significant cause of death and ill-health. City dwellers have a hard time avoiding the impacts of poor air quality, and children, the elderly and people with preexisting medical conditions are most vulnerable.  Read more...



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