Changes Seen After Implementation of New Smoking Law
An expat living in the city is pleased to see the changes being made after the implementation of the new smoking control law that took effect last March 1st, but still room for improvement is needed. After a week of introductory campaign, smoking enforcers started fining violators which saw 87 residents fined of 50 yuan each.
One restaurant on OCT placed small no smoking signs on their tables which reminded its patrons of the new no smoking policy. Similar anti smoking signs were also seen in restaurants in Baishizhou and on other locations in Shenzhen. This means that the measures created to control smoking in restaurants and coffee shops have improved. The new law has ban smoking in indoor workplaces, restaurants, public building and transportation.
But even with the new smoking regulations some smoking situation haven’t improved in several work places. Some residents visiting law firms, translation companies and public notary offices could still smell cigarette fumes in the air. By working further on the anti smoking fine system it will greatly improve the situation, but so far smokers still get away from smoking without being fine from breaking the law.
The anti smoking measure is only the first step, during the first week smokers in restaurants were asked not to smoke inside, but instead were asked to step outside. But as the days progress enforcement started to dwindle and customers were sneaking a smoke indoors. The laws and rule for smoking is good but must be strictly enforced or else it will not work.