In­di­vid­u­als fined for flout­ing Bei­jing smok­ing ban

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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