Regular Anti Smoking Implementation Period Starts Today
Since the city implemented the revised anti smoking law took effect in March law enforcers have fined more than 1,519 individuals and collected more than 75,000 yuan. According to the anti smoking law, smoking is banned in indoor workplaces, restaurants, public buildings and public transportation. Those caught were fined between 50 to 500 yuan and those operating the establishments were fined 30,000 yuan when they fail to implement the law.
Sunday marked the end of the intensive enforcement period of the anti smoking law and today will be the start of the regular enforcement period. The enforcement will be headed by the city health and family planning commission together with the assistance from other government departments. One resident said that he seldom see people smoking in restaurants because of the law but still he can see people smoking on in cars while driving. This goes to show that the strengthening of the law enforcement is still needed. Also a lot of inbound Hong Kong residents are not aware of the smoking ban in Shenzhen as they see no signs that warn them of the anti smoking law.
The anti smoking law is said to one of the strictest in China and in 1998 Shenzhen introduces their first smoking law but failed to fine violators under the law. And since 2006 around nine million Chinese people have passed away due to smoking which led to the World Health Organization to push on the increase on tobacco tax.