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As the smoking ban comes into effect in Beijing do you think it will work?

Public smoking in China's capital, Beijing, is now banned after the introduction of a new law.

China has over 300 million smokers and over a million Chinese people die from smoking-related illnesses every year.

Smoking bans already existed in China, but have largely failed to crack down on the habit.

These tougher regulations ban lighting up in restaurants, offices and on public transport in Beijing. Thousands of inspectors will enforce the rules.


A pack of cigarettes in China can cost less than 5 yuan (£0.50; $0.70)
Over a million Chinese die from smoking related illnesses each year'Name and shame'

Ministry of Health guidelines published in 2011 banned smoking in all public spaces nationwide such as hotels and restaurants.

The rules were vague, however, and often flouted by Chinese smokers who are accustomed to lighting up at will.

The new rules were agreed by lawmakers in November 2014 but only came into effect on 1 June.

Under the legislation lawbreakers in Beijing will be fined 200 yuan (£21; $32) and businesses that turn a blind eye could be fined up to 10,000 yuan.


China has over 300 million smokers and a cigarette is seen as central to daily life for many people
In Shanghai, a couple are seen smoking while eating at a restaurant

Repeat offenders will be named and shamed on a government website, according to the Reuters news agency.

The new law also cracks down on tobacco advertising across the city.

The World Health Organization has welcomed the new tougher regulations.

"When implemented, this new law will permanently bring clean air to all of Beijing's indoor public places - in doing so, protecting Beijing's more than 20 million residents from the deadly effects of exposure to toxic second-hand smoke," said its representative in China, Dr Bernhard Schwartlander.

However, others believe that the sheer popularity of the habit will make the regulations difficult to enforce.

Yang Gonghuan, former vice-director of China's centre for disease control told the AFP news agency: "It is unrealistic to absolutely abolish 'indoor smoking' since too many people smoke."




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What are your thoughts on the ban? Do you think it will be enforced in the same way as jaywalking laws are enforced?

What will the tobacco companies do about the potential loss to their revenues?

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futsanglung Post time: 2015-6-1 15:30
What are your thoughts on the ban? Do you think it will be enforced in the same way as jaywalking la ...

All of the tobacco companies are state owned, so does it really matter?

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If they cannot enforce the road law how can they enforce a smoking ban

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futsanglung Post time: 2015-6-1 15:30
What are your thoughts on the ban? Do you think it will be enforced in the same way as jaywalking la ...

Yes, I think it will be enforced in the same way as jaywalking, that is, half-heartedly!!
Past experience tells us that Chinese authorities like to announce something grand with a big bang and lots of press publicity, then it fizzles out, and everyone carries on smoking as before!
The same happened with the law banning smoking in public places effective May 2011; it came with a big bang, lots of publicity, giving us poor non-smokers the false hope that finally we are going to have some fresh air, raising our hope to great heights and then crashed it to the ground when we see, years later, it's business as usual!!

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pnp Post time: 2015-6-1 16:22
Yes, I think it will be enforced in the same way as jaywalking, that is, half-heartedly!!
Past expe ...

There is no fresh air in Chinese cities.

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grb Post time: 2015-6-1 16:27
There is no fresh air in Chinese cities.

So right! So,  don't be too happy with this fresh round of anti-smoking measures!
Let's wait and see if this time they mean business!

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