Revisions for the Smoking Control Regulations now Open for Public Opinions
A drafted revision for the smoking control regulations in the city that is supposed to raise fines for smoking in public and in banned areas along to increase the number of banned areas is now open for public comments. The revision which is posted online at www.szrd.gov.cn is only in Chinese and an English language version of the revision is not yet available.
Organizations and individuals can also send their suggestions to the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress and the adjustments for the drafted revision will be done before the final revision will be made before the regulation will be released. The regulation was first adopted in 1998 no penalties were implemented. One of the problems why the regulation was never properly implemented is the lack of staff in related government departments. It was also hard for the health supervision bureau to implement such measure since there are more than a million smokers in Shenzhen.
The regulation set in 1998 had fine for 20 yuan for people refusing to extinguish their cigarettes in banned areas. Under the new revision the new fine is set at 500 yuan. Imposing such heavy penalties will make smokers to take the ban more seriously. Before the fine was so small that smokers didn’t mind it, and enforcing the law takes too much time and resources.
Under the new draft will include smoking ban in 16 types of venues which includes schools, government offices, hospitals, libraries, theaters, cinemas, parks, banks, shopping malls, hotels, restaurant, elevators and exhibition centers. Smoking will also be limited in other venues such as bars, cafes, spas, tea houses and airports.