In news that will come as a complete surprise I’m sure for readers living in mainland China, a survey by the National Centre for Health Inspection and Supervision has revealed that the country’s smoking ban in indoor public places is ‘poorly observed’.
The smoking ban enforcement in 144 restaurants and 140 hotels in regions including Heilongjiang, Shandong, Gansu and Xinjiang was monitored over the past year.
“In these places, anti-smoking enforcement has been slack. Only 6.1 percent of the businesses have designated smoking areas and 1.4 percent have warning signs to alert smokers,” said Wang [Suyang, director of the National Centre].
China enacted an indoor smoking ban in public venues starting May 2011. Experts pointed out that the law’s enforcement faces challenges as it does not have specific penalties.
According to Wang, 90 percent of respondent smokers said they would have put out their cigarettes if someone told them to.
China is the largest tobacco producer and consumer in the world, over half of all men, and 41 percent of doctors, are smokers.
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