1 in 3 public places in Beijing violate smoking ban
One in three public venues inspected by the Beijing Health Inspection Institute had violated the city’s tough indoor smoking ban in its first week.
Among 2,406 public places that were inspected, nearly 700 were given warnings and were ordered to take prompt corrective action, according to the Beijing Health Inspection Institute.
Restaurants had the highest rate of violations. Around 60 percent of the inspected diners had not enforced the smoking ban.
Entertainment venues and hotels also top the list of institutions that have problems with curtailing indoor smoking.
Fifteen hospitals in Beijing, including Tiantan Hospital, Xuanwu Hospital and other major medical institutions, have also received warnings. An official with the Beijing Health Inspection Institute said those hospitals failed to post standard anti-smoking signs and set up hotlines for the public to report any violations. (Photo 1)