Bei­jing steps up ban on smok­ing

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

China’s cap­i­tal be­gan im­pos­ing the coun­try’s tough­est ban on smok­ing in public places in hopes of stem­ming a loom­ing health cri­sis in a so­ci­ety where smok­ing re­mains a nearly ubiq­ui­tous part of dining, so­cial events and life in gen­eral.

Smok­ing in Bei­jing is now pro­hib­ited in all in­door public places, in­clud­ing of­fices, shop­ping malls and air­ports, as well as at out­door sta­di­ums, school grounds and public parks. Bei­jing ’s main air­port ter­mi­nal will close its three smok­ing rooms.

Fines for vi­o­la­tors are $32, up from the $1.60 charged un­der the for­mer par­tial ban, and busi­ness own­ers are re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing com­pli­ance and risk fines up to about $1,600 if they fail to do so.

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