Date
20 August 2017
Smokers could be banned from lighting up in bus queues in Beijing if a draft law goes through. Photo: nipic.com
Smokers could be banned from lighting up in bus queues in Beijing if a draft law goes through. Photo: nipic.com

Beijing mulls smoking ban for indoor venues, bus queues

Smoking will be banned in all indoor public venues, some open-air areas and even queues in Beijing if the municipal government endorses a draft law under consideration, Beijing Youth Daily reported Friday.

The Standing Committee of the Beijing Municipal People’s Congress discussed the long-awaited draft law that would dramatically expand the number of smoke-free areas in the capital.

The municipal government issued rules in 2008 that banned smoking in parts of indoor public places and on public transport. But the rules are poorly enforced.

The draft proposes banning smoking in all indoor public places, workplaces and public transport vehicles. It also bars smokers from open-air areas of kindergartens, schools, children’s centers and historical sites.

It calls for outdoor smoking areas to be set up at universities, stadiums, fitness centers, medical institutions, tourism sites and parks.

The Standing Committee’s health unit also proposes a ban on smoking in outdoor venues for “educational” and “sports” purposes, the report said. It suggested extending the ban to cover maternity and children hospitals, and outdoor bus and shopping queues to minimize the effects of second-hand smoke, the report said.

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