DPRK bans smoking in public places, asks businesses to save resources

PYONGYANG, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has enacted two new laws banning smoking in public places and asking businesses to take on extra land, energy and cost-saving practices, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday.

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The DPRK has high rates of smoking, with 43.9 percent of male population smokers as of 2013, according to the World Health Organization.