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  • Starting on the first day this month, the newly revised “Shanghai Regulation on Smoking Control in Public Places” has taken effect. The regulation provides that smoking is banned in indoor public places, indoor workplaces and public transport means, with the scope of smoking control further expanded. According to the new regulation, if the unit of the place with smoking banned violates the regulation, it will be fined RMB2,000 to 30,000; the individual smoking and refusing dissuasion in the non-smoking places will be fined RMB50 to 200.

    Jointly sponsored by the district health promotion committee, the district commission of health and family planning and Yingpu Sub-district, a ceremony was held at Injoy Plaza on March 1 to launch a series of activities in Qingpu District to intensively promote the implementation of the newly revised “Shanghai Regulation on Smoking Control in Public Places”.

    Displayed at the ceremony were the performance programs featuring distinct themes and healthy and positive contents such as the Mulan Boxing, the smoking control scene play “I Must Quit Smoking”, the Health Sieve Dance and the monodrama “Flowers of Law”, which were selected from the “small programs on health” recommended by the sub-districts and towns by the district health promotion committee and the district commission of health and family planning. The programs were well received and accepted by the masses, who learned the harms of smoking as well as the necessity of controlling and banning tobacco in the program. The programs have deepened the promotion of the regulation of smoking control and related knowledge so as to jointly create a clean, civilized, beautiful and harmonious environment.

    At the event the volunteers of smoking control distributed the brochures on smoking control to the citizens, and the joint regulation enforcement team of smoking control carried out intensive regulation enforcement at the stores at the plaza.

    The event also attracted the participation of all walks of life such as enterprises, schools and social and non-governmental organizations, the representatives of the smoking-free businesses read out the “Proposal on Smoking Ban and Control” at the event, and the children at Yihuali Kindergarten and the volunteers played the interesting game of filling colors for smoking control.

    At the next stage, the district health promotion committee will join hands with the smoking control supervisors to continuously carry out the various activities of smoking control such as theme promotion, special consultation, tour of board displays, quiz games, regulation enforcement and dissuasion. The full-coverage promotion and training for smoking control will be conducted at government offices, schools, hospitals, sports venues and other major places. The regulation enforcement and supervision will focus on the cybercafés, entertainment places, restaurant, hotels, transport hubs and other places with difficulty in the work, the places with problems discovered in the supervision and inspection will be rechecked, and measures will be imposed according to the regulation on the places failing to meet the requirements for improvement and the individuals rejecting the dissuasion.

    Qushui Garden, a major cultural relic protection site in Shanghai, has introduced various measures to ensure the implementation of the newly revised regulation.

    At 6:30 am, Zhou Meifang, a volunteer of smoking control promotion, and the staff of the garden worked on their posts, promoting the regulation on smoking control and related rules to the citizens and visitors in the garden.

    Inside the entrance to the garden, there are prominent signs informing the visitors that Qushui Garden is a major place of class-6 for smoking control, and the video promoting smoking control is played on the screen repeatedly at the entrance. Setting on the materials rack at the entrance are the publicity materials of smoking control. In the garden, everywhere there are display boards on smoking control and signs of no smoking, and the volunteers in patrol groups implement dissuasion from smoking at pavilions, corridors and other places, reminding the visitors not to smoke in the garden.

    As an important tourist attraction in Qingpu District, Qushui Garden receives many visitors coming for sightseeing and morning exercise. Speaking of the move of thoroughly banning cigarettes, not only did the non-smokers express their praise, but the heavy smokers voiced their understanding and cooperation.

    According to Article 12 of the newly revised “Shanghai Regulation on Smoking Control in Public Places”, outdoor smoking sections can be set at scenic spots, cultural relic protection sites, parks and amusement parks, and smoking is banned beyond the smoking sections. The areas without setting the smoking sections are the places where smoking is thoroughly banned.

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