Mayor Michael Bloomberg's clampdown on smoking is the biggest since he banned the habit from restaurants and bars.

This article titled “New York's smoking ban extended to parks and beaches” was written by Ed Pilkington in New York, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 23rd May 2011 18.01 UTC

News travels fast in these globalised times, but not so fast that New York's latest smoking ban covering all its 1,700 parks and 14 miles of beaches had reached Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province in China. Just hours after the new prohibition came into force, Fan Yon Tao, Nanjing resident and New York tourist, stood at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park nonchalantly puffing on a Marlboro.

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