Shanghai gears up for no-smoking law

14:49, January 20, 2010      

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The Shanghai Patriotic Health Campaign Commission will carry out checks on premises after the local anti-smoking law comes into force on March 1, it said Tuesday.

And a campaign to install anti-smoking signs will be carried out next month in places where smoking is to be banned, it said.

By November last year, 11,213 facilities had put up 150,000 no-smoking signs.

In early March, the commission will cooperate with other government departments to supervise the anti-smoking measures and distribute no-smoking signs.

Facilities where smoking is banned must post no-smoking signs, remove ashtrays and persuade smokers to stop. Those failing to do so will face fines of up to 30,000 yuan (4,392 U.S. dollars).

Meanwhile, the commission is also to issue waist measuring tapes this year in a bid to improve city residents' health.

Source: Shanghai Daily

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