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Shanghai to ban lighting up in public

[ 2009-08-18 13:24]     字号 [] [] []  
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A new draft law in Shanghai will ban smoking in most public places and imposes fines on establishments that fail to obey the restrictions. It will be the first of its kind in the city.

Under the proposal, smoking will be strictly banned in schools, hospitals, stadiums, libraries, theaters and museums. And airports and train stations must set up ventilated smoking rooms.

Hotels and entertainment centers must ban smoking indoors or provide a separate smoking area. Government offices and State-owned enterprises must also set up non-smoking areas.

And while restaurants are encouraged to ban smoking or set up smoking areas, they are not required to do so.

Places that fail to ban smoking could be penalized up to 30,000 yuan ($4,300) and individuals who smoke in non-smoking areas will be fined 200 yuan, according to the draft.

But legislator Zhang Aimin said the law fails to meet the goal set up by the Framework Pact of Tobacco Control, which China signed in 2003. According to the pact, all indoor public spaces in China will ban smoking by 2011.

"Higher penalties should be imposed on places that fail to apply the ban," he said.

Liu Yungeng, director of Shanghai Municipal People's Congress, said enforcement of the smoking ban should be part of the performance evaluation for government departments and State-owned enterprises.

Zhang Pinpin, a professor with Fudan University, said smoking should also be banned at work places and restaurants. And detailed requirements for smoking rooms should be stipulated too.

"Tests have found that the density of cigarette smoke is still high five meters away from smoking rooms," she said.


1. Where will smoking be strictly banned in Shanghai under the new proposal?

2. What establishments are not required to ban smoking indoors?

3. What smoking-related pact did China sign in 2003?


1. In schools, hospitals, stadiums, libraries, theaters and museums.

2. Restaurants.

3. The Framework Pact of Tobacco Control.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Shanghai to ban lighting up in public

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Shanghai to ban lighting up in public

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.