Beijing war on smokers
BEIJING: The toughest antismoking legislation in China’s history has been introduced in Beijing, with unprecedented fines and a hotline to report offenders.
The law makes smoking in offices, restaurants, hotels and hospitals illegal, with venues where the ban is flouted liable to fines of up to $2000.
Venues which repeatedly ignore the law could have their licences revoked, while individuals caught smoking in specified areas could be fined as much as $42.
As well as indoor smoking, the law prohibits lighting up in some open-air spaces close to schools, hospitals, and sports venues.
Despite a government awareness campaign that saw posters detailing the law displayed in restaurants and offices around the city, many say it will be difficult to implement.