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The number of smokers nationwide has fallen below 20 percent of the population for the first time on record, a survey showed Tuesday, giving a boost to the health ministry’s proposal to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces.

In the government survey of people aged 20 or older in 2016, 19.8 percent of respondents said they smoke, down 1.8 percentage points from 2013, with the downward trend observed in most age groups for both genders.

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