Can indoor smoking ban put to effect on schedule?

15:09, May 11, 2010      

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Background:


Chinese cities set to order ban on smoking

To protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke, seven cities in China will take the first steps in creating legislation on stopping smoking at public venues and workplaces.

Under the project, jointly held by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease(UNION), the cities - Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenyang, Harbin, Nanchang, Lanzhou and Shenzhen will implement a smoking ban in public and in workplaces [full story]

Public awareness:


Mask-wearing radio hostesses hold anti-smoking posters in Hangzhou

Definition of "Non-smoking areas" lack of uniform concept

Which public places are belonging to non-smoking area on earth? There isn’t a unified clear concept now. At present, different cities have different regulations on non-smoking places.

Guangzhou: Smoking in public places such as hospitals, schools, gymnasiums, restaurants, libraries, shopping malls, bookstores and public transport vehicles, is banned in the draft regulation.Non-smoking indoor workplaces include offices, conference rooms, assembly halls, public corridors, elevators and dining rooms of government departments, enterprises and organizations, while smoking areas will be set up for smokers at indoor workplaces. [full story]

Shanghai: Shanghai's first law to ban smoking, which applies to 12 types of public venues, such as schools, hospitals, shopping malls, Internet caf and elevators, took effect Monday. Random checks showed that most establishments are following the law, and volunteers are working to enforce it. [full story]

Ban finally depends on social civilization

Almost 2,000 indoor public venues have been found breaking the city's new no-smoking rules, an investigation has revealed.Approximately 1,149 of these establishments, including restaurants, cafes, schools, banks and office buildings, were cautioned and told to comply.The Beijing municipal health bureau conducted the inspection from January to September with officers visiting 78,598 indoor public venues. [full story]

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Government offices should set examples


Smoking will no longer be allowed inside the building of the Ministry of Health from May 31, making it the country's first central government department to ban smoking indoors. A working group led by Health Minister Chen Zhu has been formed to strictly implement the ban inside the 19-story building, Yang Qing, a division director of the ministry, told a regular news briefing on Monday. [full story]

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:王千原雪)

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