Beijing Passes Law on Banning Smoking in Indoor Spaces
Beijing legislature have finally passed a ban on smoking in all indoor public places as the country is starting to do similar restrictions at a national level. The new law which will come to effect in June is called a quantum leap by the World Health Organization. As they build an earlier ordinance that will be enacted by the city government of Beijing that will be banning smoking in open air spaces.
The new law will also be banning all tobacco advertising outdoors, in radio, magazines, television, newspaper, books and films. Those caught violating the new law will be subjected to fines for 50 yuan to 200 yuan. Recent study shows that there are more than 300 million smokers in China and around 740 million people that are exposed to secondhand smoke. The World Health Organization stated that the new rules will be paving the way for stricter anti smoking laws that will be initiated on a national level.
In 2011 the Ministry of Health published guidelines that banned smoking in all indoor public spaces such as primary and secondary schools, hospitals, kindergartens and sports venues but these guidelines were said to be too vague and lacked in enforcement.