BEIJING – Smoking will be prohibited in all indoor public places, including offices, shopping malls and airports in Beijing from 1st June 2015.
The Communist Party of China has approved the prohibition of smoking in public places in Beijing, the country’s capital city.
With the smoking ban, the Beijing airport will shutter three smoking rooms in its three terminals, but it would open 11 smoking areas outside the gateway’s terminals. The city government would also identify new outdoor smoking zones in over 600 Beijing bus stops.
Under the rules, anyone in Beijing who violates the bans, which include smoking near schools and hospitals, must pay 200 yuan or about $32. Anyone who breaks the law three times will be named and shamed on a government website. And businesses can be fined up to 10,000 yuan for failing to stamp out smoking on their premises.
Bright red banners have been posted around Beijing with anti-smoking messages. The city has also set up a hot line on which violators can be reported.
Shin Young-soo, WHO regional director for Western Pacific Regional Office, said, “We applauded Beijing for its strong and determined leadership in protecting the health of its people by making public places smoke-free.”
It is pertinent to mention here that China has at least 1 million deaths yearly because of smoking-related ailments.
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