Northeast China city to ban indoor smoking with new law

09:03, May 26, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Non-smokers in a northeast China city may soon be protected from second-hand smoke by a tough law.

Lawmakers in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, will vote Thursday on a local law on banning indoor smoking in public places.

The Regulations on the Control of Harm Posed by Second-hand Smoke, if passed, will be the strictest law of its kind in China, a country with the world's largest number of smokers and a deep-rooted smoking culture, said Wang Zhongmin, an official with the city's Office of Legislative Affairs.

The regulations outline penalties for smokers who light up in public places and harm others with their second-hand smoke, said a spokesperson for the municipal government of Harbin.

The highest fine would be 2,000 yuan (about 300 U.S. dollars), making it the harshest fine for a smoking offense in China, according to a Monday announcement about the draft.

Public places, as defined in the draft, will include movie theaters, hospitals, offices, hotels and restaurants.

Previous local regulations emphasized "smoking control," but the new law is focused on protecting the rights of non-smokers.

"We are not against smoking, but smokers should not be allowed to smoke at the cost of the health of others," said Wang.

According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), China has more than 300 million smokers. About 740 million people are affected by second-hand smoke, according to the center.

China ratified the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2003. The treaty took effect in January 2006, requiring signatories to create and implement new measures such as indoor smoking bans.

In March, the Chinese government included indoor smoking regulations in its 12th Five-Year Plan, indicating that more changes may be on the way.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
Wen Jiabao attends trilateral leaders' meeting of China,Japan and ROK
 
The Third China-U.S.Strategic and Economic Dialogue
 
     
 
 
 
  Weekly review  
 
May 20   World Economic Forum China office marks fifth anniversary
 
May 18   China, Pakistan joined in bonds of brotherhood
May 20   'Central axis' of Beijing applies for world cultural heritage
May 20   In pictures: Int'l 'Financial Security' symposium opens in Beijing
May 21   The week in pictures
May 16   Beijing aims for massive influx of overseas talent in 2011
May 16   Singapore election coverage shows Western arrogance
May 16   Chinese naval helicopter conducts target practice in Gulf of Aden
May 17   Strategies for harmony between militaries of China, US
May 17   Pakistani Prime Minister hails China as true friend
 
     
 
 

(Editor:梁军)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • 3rd Anniversary Of Wenchuan Earthquake
  • Third China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Peng Shuai cruises into third round of French Open
  • Federer moves into third round at French Open
  • Disney musical "Mickey's Rockin' Road Show" staged in Taipei
  • Large number of cultural relics excavated from 'Nan'ao No.1'
  • Security tight ahead of G8 summit
  • Sweets and Snacks Expo 2011 held in Chicago
Hot Forum Dicussion