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Xiamen increases its smoke ban in 11 categories of public places

Updated: 26 Oct 2018
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 The Xiamen government recently launched new restrictions on smoking in the city, stipulating that smoking will be banned in eleven categories of public locations in Xiamen, and violators will face fines of up to RMB 5,000.
 
It's been 22 years since Xiamen launched its first smoking restrictions in 1996, 15 years before the first national restrictions.
 
Smoking is banned in the following eleven designated categories of areas in Xiamen:
 
> Meeting rooms at government institutions at various levels, and social organizations;
> Entertainment venues including theaters, bars, cinemas, and KTVs;
> Audience Halls and Competition Halls in indoor stadiums;
> Exhibition halls in libraries, museums, art galleries, and exhibition centers;
> Public transport including vehicles, ships, and airplanes. Passengers are prohibited from smoking while in waiting rooms or elevators;
> Teaching rooms, laboratories, and indoor areas in universities and colleges;
> Waiting rooms, doctors' offices, and wards in medical institutions;
> Business sites for shopping, post, communications, finance, and security;
> Lobbies in guesthouses and hotels;
> Child-care centers, kindergartens, primary and middle schools, youth recreation centers, children’s welfare institutions, and other public places for juveniles;
> Outdoor areas where municipal or district governments are preparing for big events.
 
The Xiamen government will focus its resources on stopping smoking in the following three categories of areas:
 
> Child-care centers, kindergartens, primary and middle schools, youth recreation centers, children’s welfare institutions, and other public places for juveniles;
> Hospitals;
> Non-smoking areas on Gulangyu Island.
 
Penalties
> Individual violators of the smoking restrictions will face fines ranging from RMB 50 to 200.
> Operators or administrators of smoking-restricted areas will face fines ranging from RMB 2,000 to 5,000 if they fail to discourage violators from smoking or to report violations to the related departments.
 
SOURCE: WOX Team
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