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China has danced around the idea of real anti-smoking legislation for a while, and it looks like Shenzhen has finally gone through with it. Following a public hearing on Tuesday, city authorities have instituted up to 500 yuan fines for individual smokers, and a hefty 30,000 yuan fine for business owners who fail to stop smokers from lighting up.
According to the Global Times, many residents are less concerned with the fines than they are with legal transparency in general:
Wang Ke’an, director of the Beijing-based Thinktank Research Center for Health Development, told the Global Times that heavy fines are necessary, especially for business owners, to stop customers smoking.
The fines are above the standard compared to the 50-yuan fine levied in Guangzhou. […]
“The key points are supervisory channels and information transparency,” Yang said, adding that only after there is a system to report violators and officials disclose how the reports are dealt with, can the heavy fine serve its purpose.
Twelve different agencies are in charge of enforcing the ban, because it won’t really be a law until it’s upheld unequally and arbitrarily.