Top 10 policy changes in China in 2015
Updated: 2015-12-28 07:05
More than 1,000 pupils at Beijing Wenhui Middle School practiced three anti-smoking gestures, which were recognized city-wide to convey that smoking is not okay in a given area, on June 1. [Photo/CFP]
Toughest smoking ban in Beijing
A new regulation on tobacco use took effect in Beijing on June 1. The regulation extends existing smoking bans to include all indoor public areas and workplaces, plus a number of outdoor areas, including schools, seating areas in sports stadiums and hospitals where women or children are treated.
Violators will face fines of up to 200 yuan ($32), a twentyfold increase from the previous 10-yuan penalty stipulated by the previous regulation adopted in 1996. Owners of buildings classified as public places, such as restaurants, that fail to stop smokers lighting up face fines of up to 10,000 yuan.
Members of the public can report violations to the authorities by dialing a health hotline (12320) or via social media.
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