China capital to roll out tough anti-smoking laws
Beijing will ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport
from June 1, 2015, part of unprecedented
new curbs welcomed by anti-tobacco advocates, though how they will be enforced
remains to be seen.
Health activists have pushed for years for stronger restrictions on smoking
in China, the world's largest
tobacco consumer, which is considering further anti-smoking curbs nationwide.
Under the rules, anyone
in China's capital who violates the bans, which include smoking near schools
and hospitals, must pay 200 yuan ($32.25).
The current fine, seldom enforced, is just 10 yuan ($1.60).
Source: Reuter, May 31, 2015
Public smoking in China's capital, Beijing, is now banned after the introduction
of a new law.
China has over 300 million smokers and more than a million Chinese dies
from smoking-related illnesses every year.
Smoking bans already existed in China, but have largely failed to crack
down on the habit. Tougher regulations were
enforced by thousands of inspectors, ban lighting up in restaurants, offices
and on public transport, in Beijing.
On June 1, a hot-pot restaurant in Beijing became the first venue to receive
an official warning.
Inspectors found cigarette butts inside the restaurant, which had also
failed to promote a smoking complaint hotline.
BBC news/world-asia June 1, 2015
Beijing rolls out China's toughest smoking ban...but will it work?
A tough new ban on smoking indoors rolls out across the Chinese capital
Monday, with lighting up now prohibited
in all offices, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and airports. Many outdoor
public places such as the areas' outside
kindergartens and hospitals will also be required to be smoke-free. Businesses
and institutions that flout the law will
face fines of up to 10,000 yuan; $1,600 and repeat offenders could have
their licenses revoked. Bernhard Schwartlander,
the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Beijing, says it's
a "major advance" in tobacco control in China,
where more cigarettes are smoked than anywhere else in the world.
CNN International Edition, Interesting stories reported by Katie Hunt.CNN,
Source: Japan Times July 6, 2015
Chinese passengers put a cigarette at the outside of smoking booth in Shanghai
Smoking Ban in China
Difficulty in introducing a carpet smoking ban in China. Smoking declines as tobacco taxes increase
Smoking Ban in a restaurant looks hazy. Smoking Ban in a restaurant appears to fail.
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