Smoking ban to extend to all public vehicles
The Shenzhen Center for Chronic Disease Control and Prevention have ruled to ban smoking on all public transport, including buses, taxis, coaches, and Metro railway. Smoking will also be banned in indoor areas such as waiting rooms and ticket halls.
In the first half of 2011 smoking ban will be imposed to all educational institutions and administrative offices. Public indoor areas such as staircases are off limits to smokers and Shenzhen will be banning smoking in medical institutions by the end of this year. banning smoking in public places is to prevent more people especially the non smokers to contract illness due to secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke awareness should be improved, since only 88 percent of the city’s residents are aware that smoking can lead to diseases like lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Only 12 percent of them knows that secondhand smoke can also cause the diseases. The central government is preparing laws to control smoking in seven cities including Shenzhen, Nanchang, Lanzhou and Harbin.