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Since the smoking ban in public places was implemented in 2011, it has had little effect on citizens’ habits as they routinely flout the law despite the penalties proposed on paper. This, however, will all change for the city of Wuhan as shit gets real with authorities making some hard-core crack downs. Maybe.
Currently, those found violating the ban are first given a warning, after which they can be fined from 50 to up to 200 yuan. Pretty small potatoes.
In Wuhan, net cafes that seat up to 50 people are now legally required to have, minimum, one full-time staff member to impose the no-smoking law and monitor smokers. Those caught in the act are looking at fines upwards of $80. And if you didn’t learn your lesson the first time, repeat offenders may face the wrath of the Chinese prison cell for up to five days.
In the past, those who have been asked to stop smoking have plainly ignored requests, resulting in some good ol’ cafe scuffles over the matter. From now on, those keen to make any such protest in the city of Wuhan may want to think twice as doing so will only incur in higher fines or extended detainment.
There’ve been so many attempts to try and curb smoking, most recently includingthe raising of tobacco prices and altering cigarette labels. The city of Wuhan talks the talk, but could these heavy sanctions fall dead by the way side like the others?