In Hong Kong, taking effect from 1 January, the smoking ban is extended to most indoor areas and all indoor areas of workplaces, public places, restaurants, bars for all ages, and karaoke lounges. Tobacco control inspectors are empowered to take action against those breaching the new laws. Owners who breach the ban may face the removal of the name and address of the establishment from the list of qualified establishments by the Director of Health.
Any readers down in Hong Kong? We’d love to hear how this is playing out. We imagine it’s being enforced. There’s been talk about something similar up here on the Mainland — but we honestly can’t fathom how it would ever work. Maybe for the Olympics, but we can’t see it working in any widespread manner. We wrote about this skeptically a few years ago, and things seem pretty much the same in 2007.