The Courier-Mail

Beijing war on smokers

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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.

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