Guangzhou to Ban Smoking in Public Facilities
2009-October-16 Source: China View website
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A "No Smoking" signal

On October 13 the Guangzhou government presented a ruling in which a variety of public venues are ordered to ban smoking. Violators will be punished with a fine of 50 Yuan (USD 7.32.) The regulation makes a clear distinction between "non-smoking areas" and "partly non-smoking areas."

In restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues, smoking will not be allowed outside the clearly designated smoking-areas. Since the hazards of second-hand smoke cannot be avoided by non-smokers, smoking will not be permitted in offices and service halls. The indoor and outdoor areas of children's facilities are to be strictly enforced and delegated as non-smoking areas.

Selling cigarettes to minors or pregnant women will also have a penalty of 1,000 Yuan (USD 146.49.) Cigarette companies distributing cigarettes as gifts will also be punished.

Ten non-smoking places:

1. Conference rooms and offices

2. Indoor areas of all medical and health institutions

3. Indoor and outdoor areas of nurseries, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools

4. Indoor and outdoor areas of educational institutions and youth activities centers

5. The indoor areas of archives, libraries, galleries, science museums, cultural centers, museums, memorials and other various public venues

6. Shopping centers, bookstores, financial institutions, business halls of posts and telecommunications sector

7. Waiting rooms of public transports, ticket offices, indoor platforms and the inside the transports

8. Indoor areas of theaters, video rooms, concert halls and Internet Service premises

9. Audience halls and games halls of fitness centers

10. Inside the elevator and cable car

Editor: 张莹
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