Three-Year Grace Period Proposed Before Implementation of Total Smoking Ban
Before implementing a complete smoking ban in public places, local lawmakers are planning to introduce a three-year grace period plan. The decision came when the city legislature standing committee reviewed a revised version of the smoking control regulation that was made in 1997.
It was suggested that after the grace period, smoking restrictions will be applied to public areas for three years then a complete smoking ban will be then implemented in all public places. The grace period and restriction period is combined can be considered as a transitional period is probably a compromise to the current situation. If a complete smoking ban was implemented the enforcement will encounter certain difficulties. The city smoking control has not yet been fully enforced since it was implemented and residents have still to develop a habit of not smoking in public places.
Current regulations can fine people 20 yuan for smoking in public places but no one was fined even with the fact that smokers are seen everywhere in the city. to combat this problem the city should increase the efforts in educating people during the said transition period and to create related facilities like enclosed smoking rooms in restaurants and bars.
The proposed grace period is a measure that was also introduced in Hong Kong.