Smoking Banned in Public Indoor Venues
At the start of this month the smoking ban will be enforced at bus and coach stations around Shenzhen. Other indoor public venues will soon follow as soon as the Ministry of Health releases a new law announcing the ban.
Staff of long distance coach terminals were told to enforce the new rules, but no fines will be given out yet. Terminals located in the Luohu, Yinhu, Futian and Yantian stations already closed down their smoking rooms last Sunday with some stations planning to convert their smoking areas into nursery rooms for children. But the smoking rooms in the Shenzhen International Airport and some other railway stations will remain open for the public.
Airport officials are waiting for the Civil Aviation Administration to issue an official notice that will decide if they will need to close down their smoking rooms or not. However the railway stations are not closing any of their smoking areas. The Ministry of Health said that most of the restaurants, hotels, cafes, clubs, cinemas, concert halls and other public areas have already started to ban smoking in their premises.
Still these places find it hard to enforce the ban and the new policy as reported by the Shenzhen Chronic Disease Control Center.