Individuals fined for flouting Beijing smoking ban
Beijing’s health authority said it collected 250,000 yuan ($39,150) in fines in June and July for violating the city-wide smoking ban at all indoor public places, workplaces and on public transportation.
Since June 1 when the ban went into effect until the end of last month, 102 enterprises and institutions, and 230 individuals were fined. Individuals caught smoking may be fined up to 200 yuan, while businesses face fines of up to 10,000 yuan. Of 5,144 telephone complaints, 70 percent concerned smoking in offices, restaurants or entertainment venues.
There are about 4.19 million smokers in the capital, yet, only 1,000 law enforcement personnel have been assigned to the antismoking campaign.
As the world’s largest tobacco maker and consumer, there are more than 300 million smokers in China, almost the population of the United States. An additional 740 million people are exposed to second-hand smoke each year.