Smoking Regulations to Undergo Several Revisions
The revised citywide smoking regulations are currently under review by the standing committee of the Shenzhen legislature. Under the revised regulations, people caught smoking in non smoking areas will be subjected to a minimum fine of 50 yuan which could increase to 500 yuan based on the situation.
The new 50 yuan fine is higher than the current 20 yuan fine but lower that the across the board 500 yuan that was proposed for all offenders under the first draft of the regulations. The second draft reduced the number of law enforcement departments that were involved in the management of the regulations from 12 departments down to seven. These departments include health, tourism, transportation, public security, market supervision, urban management administrations, civil aviation and railways.
The legislative affairs office stated that the multi department enforcement of the smoking measures will reduce administrative costs, this practice is similar to those measures that were successfully implemented in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
The newly revised regulations will clarify that smoking is completely banned in indoor workplaces, public vehicles, indoor public places and several outdoor public places. The rivisons also included that proposal of implementing a ban in selling cigarettes online and through mobile devices.