1 in 3 public places in Bei­jing vi­o­late smok­ing ban

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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)

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