Non-smoking banners are displayed on the iconic Bird's Nest National Stadium in Beijing,June 1, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]
Health authorities in Beijing will include illegal smoking behavior into citizens' credit record as part of the city's smoke-free Beijing campaign, reports the Beijing Youth Daily.
In addition to publicly naming and shaming offenders, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning will also share their record with the city's industry and commerce authorities, according to the report. Citizens in Beijing with a bad credit record may face difficulties in applying for commercial loans.
Beijing rolled out a blanket smoking ban on June 1, 2015 covering all indoor public places, workplaces and public transportation, the strictest of its kind in China.
A total of 2,265 cases of smoking in the prohibited public places were reported to the public WeChat account of Smoke-free Beijing between August and September this year, according to a report by the Beijing Tobacco Control Association.
The association also found an increasing number of complaints over the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
In response, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning has said that more studies will be carried out about the harm of smoking electronic cigarettes to provide a scientific basis to its control. ( China Plus)
Shame pays such a huge part in Chinese culture. Still a hangover from the dark decade of half a century ago. A country with a huge chip on its shoulder and citizens who can't bear any kind of criticism.
Thumbs up to Beijing! All other cities should follow suit, otherwise non-smokers will forever be exposed to secondhand smoke from irresponsible smokers, and there are lots of them, especially in shopping mall toilets!
pnp Post time: 2018-10-14 12:17
Thumbs up to Beijing! All other cities should follow suit, otherwise non-smokers will forever be ex ...
I used to go into the toilets of train stations and asked the smokers (invariably they would be there -- totally oblivious to the loudspeakers outside forbidding them to smoke) to please have some self-respect as Chinese citizens.
Because I was tall and strong, some of them thought I was a bianyi (off-duty policeman in street clothes) and ran off.
wchao37 Post time: 2018-10-14 12:37
I used to go into the toilets of train stations and asked the smokers (invariably they would be th ...
I am not 'tall and strong', but I always tell smokers in the toilet to stub it out, pointing to the No Smoking sign on the wall, and without fail, they always comply! But not those hiding in the cubicle; can't see them smoking but can smell the foul tobacco smell!
Btw, most smokers caught red-handed will stub it out because they know it is wrong; they just hope people around them would leave them alone and won't complain. And their compatriots will never complain, preferring to inhale secondhand smoke than offend the smokers! They grow up with what mama tells them, 'Buyao guan xian shi" ie. 'Mind your own business'. What a shame! If every non-smoker stands up against irresponsible smokers, smoking in public would soon be a thing of the past!!
China's tobacco control authority should remind all that vaping, or smoking e-cigarettes in public is also forbidden. Vaping is gaining popularity among the young in China and the West. The US is treating vaping as with smoking cigarettes, as a health hazard. The FDA announced recently that e-cigarettes contain higher nicotene and other harmful elements than cigarettes, and both are harmful to health. There is a lot of misunderstanding in China that e-cigrette smoking is permiited in public; this must be corrected through greater publicity!