Shanghai is proposing stricter smoking bans especially at hotels, restaurants, airports and other indoor public venues. Image: shobserver
Shanghai, the mainland's first municipality to pass legislation on tobacco control, is proposing stricter smoking bans especially at hotels, restaurants, airports and other indoor public venues.
Further to the city's tobacco control rule that took effect in March 2010, the amendment would ban smoking not only in all indoor areas including designated areas for smokers also in outdoor audience seating and performance venues, outdoor areas of protected cultural heritage sites and crowded waiting areas for public transportation.
Xue Mingyang, chairperson of the municipal legislature's education, science, culture and public health committee, proposed that a requirement for self-discipline be added to the revision by stipulating that "no one may smoke in banned areas, and smokers should try to avoid others when smoking at venues without bans." He also suggested a smoking ban for queues as people stand very close to each other, leading to second-hand smoke.
The revision represents progress in tobacco control, but more efforts are needed for the legislature to pass it, said Fu Hua, a professor in public health at Fudan University.
Municipal legislators reviewed the amendment on July 27 at a session of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai People's Congress.