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Just over 11.5 per­cent of those who smoked said they plan to quit within a year, and nearly 60 per­cent had been urged to quit by doc­tors in the pre­vi­ous year.

“There­sultsshowthat tobacco con­trol ef­forts have yielded no­tice­able re­sults in Bei­jing,” said Zeng Xiaopeng, the cen­ter’s deputy direc­tor. “Smok­ing rates are low­est in the places where a tobacco ban has been en­forced for the long­est pe­riod of time, such as public ve­hi­cles, hos­pi­tals and schools.”

Zeng added, “Bei­jing is well pre­pared for the en­force­ment of the new­to­bacco con­trol reg­u­la­tions.”

The re­stric­tions, which were adopted in Novem­ber by the Bei­jing Peo­ple’s Congress, are among the tough­est of their kind in China. They for­bid smok­ing in all in­door public ar­eas and work­places and some out­door ar­eas, in­clud­ing schools, the seat­ing ar­eas of sports sta­di­ums and hos­pi­tals that treat women or chil­dren.

Vi­o­la­tors will face fines of up to 200 yuan ($32), a twen­ty­fold in­crease from the cur­rent 10 yuan penalty.

How­ever, it will be dif­fi­cult to root out those who ig­nore the reg­u­la­tions when they take ef­fect on June 1, said Wang Ben­jin, deputy direc­tor of the Bei­jing Health In­spec­tion Bureau.

“We will in­ten­sify in­spec­tions in key sites where smok­ing is preva­lent, such as restau­rants and night­clubs,” he said.

Wang added that there are 1,100 health in­spec­tors in the city, but they will not be able to en­force the rules on their own.

“We urge the whole of so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing the own­ers of restau­rants and bars, to as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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