As of June 21, 2015, people living and working in Beijing will be banned from smoking in all indoor areas including places of employment as well as public transportation according to new legislation by the Standing Committee pf Beijing People’s Congress. Those caught breaking the law will be fined 200 yuan (roughly $32.50).
Smoking will also be forbidden in open-air space in kindergartens, schools, child welfare institutions, women and children’s hospitals, fitness and sports venues, and cultural relic protection sites that are open to the public. Teachers will also be forbidden from smoking in front of students in primary and secondary schools. In the meantime, schools will be required to assist students quit smoking and educate them about the harm it causes to their health and well-being. Selling cigarettes to minors through the internet as well as vending machines has also been outlawed.
The crack-down also extends to any kind of tobacco-related promotions, including outdoor advertisements in public places and transportation, as well as those placed in newspapers, books, online, TV, radio and in movies. The ban also extends to any other form of tobacco promotions and title sponsorships.
China is notorious for having the largest amount of smokers in the world with 300 million. In addition, it is said that more than 740 million people are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to a report by the country’s official news agency Xinhua. It is also believed that out of the 21 million people in Beijing alone, 400,000 smoke cigarettes on a regular basis.
Note: Smoking was temporarily banned in the capital city back in 2008 in an attempt to make it smoke-free during the 2008 Summer Olympics.