There is no rule in smoking in the street of Shanghai.
The first time, we arrived in Shanghai, and walked on the busy street of
East Nanjing Road, we are
very much suffered from the bad smell, mixed with a tobacco-smoke and a
Many smokers in a street are putting a light on a cigarette, holding it
in their hand. Sometimes, we
are afraid of burning the clothes from the live cigarette. It was not on
one occasion that we saw
a smoker spitting on the walkway.
(L) A tourist is taking picture with a cigarette in his hand, at East Nanjing
(M) Smokers at the entrance to a hotel
(R) A Chinese is enjoy walking with cigarette around a park next to the
Yu Garden, Shanghai.
' When in Roma, do as the Romans do'. Tourists from abroad are taking a
picture with a cigarette in his hand.
Tourists abroad and resident Chinese smoker in YuYuan Market, Shanghai
(L) A suvenior shot with a cigarette in the left hand.
(R) Smokers in front of the Starbucks
(L) A woman smoker at a terrace seat of Shanhai's fast food shop
(R) A beggar smoker in Souzou was waiting for a foreign customer to go
out for requesting money by force.
Smoking at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport
(L) Several smokers are putting the light on at the outside of Shanghai
(R) A carriage porch of Shanghai International Airport.
(L) No-smoking sign pasted on the wall of the Sanghai airport.
(R) A few air passengers were smoking outside of the smoking room.
(L) Two air passengers were smoking outside of the smoking room.
(R) A smoking room in the Shanghai International Airport: The inside of
smoking room is narrow and dark.
Smoking restriction of the world airports
Can the Government enforce a smoking-control law in Shanghai?
China lacks enforcement of legislation.
The Shanghai People's Congress issued the city's first smoking control
law in March 2010.
The law bans smoking in 12 types of public places including indoor smoking
hospitals, sport stadiums, public transport vehicles and Internet cafes.
smoking would first be given a warning and then face a fine of 50 to 200
yuan if they resist.
According to Li Zhongyang, the deputy head of the Shanghai Health Promotion
the smoking ban was enacted to protect citizens' health and also promote
as a cosmopolitan city.
Despite the popular support for the Shanghai smoking ban, many also feel
the actual implementation of the law. Shanghai residents point out that
despite the fact
many shopping malls and all subways and subway stations actually already
prior to this law, there is low compliance and people often smoke directly
in front of
the no-smoking signs. One most basic concern Shanghai residents have regarding
is the lack of clarity regarding who will do the fining and who will report
Public health experts agree that it will be difficult to enforce a strict
ban with the large
number of smokers present in Shanghai.
Smoking ban violations rose in 2012
A shop clerk is smoking inside at tobacco-alcohol shop on the East Nanjing
Shanghai health authorities found more people violating the city's smoking
ban at internet bars,
restaurants and entertainment venues in 2012. The local government banned
smoking three years
ago in certain indoor areas, such as schools, hospitals, and public transportation
The number of people authorities caught smoking in internet bars jumped
year-on-year, according to the Shanghai Municipal Health Promotion Committee.
of people found smoking in entertainment venues and restaurants rose 46
percent and 25 percent
respectively over the previous year.
The committee imposed 350,000 yuan in fines on 190 venues and 100 individualsin
"The major cause for the rise is the reluctance of venue owners to
follow the smoking
regulations. They are afraid the ban might hurt their business."The
owner of an internet
bar in Pudong New Area, said the smoking ban has cost him customers.
He told the Global Times that some customers will just walk out when he
to stop smoking. Another reason for the increase is the lenient penalty.
regulations state that a company can be fined up to 20,000 yuan, only one
venue has been fined anywhere near that amount.
The current policy only allows authorities to issue a warning the first
time they find a violation.
Inspectors can only issue a fine if they return and find the venue is still
breaking the rules.
According to the local smoking control policy released in March 2010, 26
kinds of venues
including schools, hospitals, and public transit system are listed as places
is prohibited. Karaoke bars and restaurants are allowed to set up designated
areas for smokers.
According to a committee survey last year, 90 percent of about 15,000 respondents
they wanted to broaden the smoking ban to all indoor venues. Thirty percent
Source: Global Times, February 28, 2013
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The article was written and photograph was taken in May 2013, by Junhaku
Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
Information was added in June 2019.