Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, has given a green light to setting up indoor smoking areas in public places in a draft of its newly revised smoking control regulation. The amendment has raised widespread outcry because only four months ago Hangzhou reiterated its ongoing efforts to implement a smoking ban in all indoor public places.|
Critics say that if the revised smoking control regulation is adopted, it will be a step backward. But the fact is many cities have followed Hangzhou's example in carrying out a total ban on public smoking, but the zero tolerance has existed in name only. Because of the lack of enforcement, smoking in public has not been curbed and the total smoking ban has become a laughingstock. What do you think about Hangzhou's proposed adjustment of its regulation?