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article imageBeijing's new smoke-free law coming June 1

By Tim Sandle     May 30, 2015 in Environment
Beijing - According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all indoor public places in Beijing will be required by law to be 100 percent smoke-free by June 1, 2015.
The new law is extensive: smoking will be banned in all indoor public places, including bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels and hotel lobbies, subway stations, shops, and the airport, WHO reports. The measure is likely to impact on a lot of people, given that China is reputedly the world's largest consumer and producer of tobacco products. In 2014, Beijing collected $16 billion in tax revenue from cigarette firms.
Commenting on the measures, Bernhard Schwartlaender, the WHO’s representative in China told Business Daily: "The Beijing law is at the forefront of what we think is the right thing to do", adding that the measures are a "quantum leap forward on tobacco control."
This is not the first time the Chinese capital has attempted to ban smoking indoors. The previous measures drifted as many people simply ignored the ruling. Chinese officials have indicated they intend to make sure the ban works this time, through stronger enforcement and the use of heavy fines. Fines begin at 10,000 yuan ($1,600).
To help with the enforcement, Bloomberg has discovered that thousands of people have been recruited and trained to act as inspectors. These public sector workers have been recruited via the Beijing Patriotic Health Campaign Committee (a subdivision of the municipal Health and Family Planning Commission.)
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