The Shanghai government has announced plans to extend an existing smoking ban to cover all indoor public venues and office buildings, as well as raise fines for those who violate the regulation.
The law as it currently stands permits smoking in certain indoor areas, making it confusing for the public to understand and difficult for police to enforce, according to Li Zhongyang from the Shanghai Health Enhancement Commission.
Li told legislators that “90 percent of local residents support [the ban]”, according to an online survey by the commission. He added that police representatives had requested the ban be extended to all indoor public areas to make enforcement easier.
The changes to the regulation will bring it in line with similar bans to those found in most European cities. A ban on indoor smoking will be particularly welcomed by those sick of their throats hurting, eyes stinging and clothes reeking of cigarettes after a night out.