Beijing steps up ban on smoking
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.