Anti-smoking legislation in Beijing now bans smoking in all indoor public places, workplaces and public transport vehicles. The draft regulation was passed by vote at a meeting of the Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People’s Congress. It is scheduled to become effective on 1 June 2015. According to the bill, smoking is also prohibited in open-air space in kindergartens, schools, child welfare institutions, women and children’s hospitals, fitness and sports venues, and cultural relic protection sites that are open to the public. Additionally, tobacco advertisements are not allowed to appear outdoors, in public places and transport, as well as in media including radio, TV, films, newspapers, books, and internet. All forms of tobacco promotions and title sponsorship are banned.
November 28, 2014