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  • Beijing launches public smoking ban
  • Beijing launches public smoking ban
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Beijing launches public smoking ban

Nearly a third of the world’s smokers live in China – that's around 350 million people puffing on cigarettes. But that could be about to change. A ban on public smoking has been enacted in Beijing, which will see smoking outlawed in places including restaurants, offices and schools.



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    Babies born in China in 2015 (the Year of the Sheep) are thought to be unlucky. So unlucky that thousands of mums rushed to have a baby in the more favourable Year of the Horse. Superstitions still hold fast in rapidly modernising China. How can international brands avoid making cultural mistakes?

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    For decades, the karaoke bar dominated Chinese nightlife in both its erotic and more innocent forms. But as young megacity dwellers develop more sophisticated tastes in alcohol, music and social scenes, karaoke is taking a supporting role.

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    As young people in China speak out against social and environmental issues, Coke has stepped in with charitable water brand ‘Chun Yue’, targeting socially conscious Millennials. But is this just a CSR project, or has Coke found a new niche for bottled water in China?