The amendment to the tobacco control regulation officially took effect in Shenzhen on Oct. 1. The new regulation includes a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places in addition to traditional cigarettes, according to the Southern Metropolis Daily.
Individuals violating the new regulation can be fined by law enforcement officers, said the report.
The new regulation also expands the scope of nonsmoking areas to include outdoor platforms and waiting areas for public transport, such as long-distance coaches, taxis and Metro trains, as well as outdoor ticket-purchasing areas and waiting areas outside the entrances and exits of stadiums, parks, tourist destinations, schools and medical service institutions.
Tobacco products are also forbidden to be sold within a 100-meter radius of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, children’s palaces and children’s activity centers.
The new regulation stipulates that law enforcement officers can impose a fine of 50 yuan (US$7) on people caught smoking in nonsmoking areas without warning. Those who refuse to correct their behavior will be fined 200 yuan. When a resident’s behavior hinders law enforcement activities, they will be fined 500 yuan.
In a recent case, a male resident was fined 300 yuan, along with having two points deducted from his driver’s license, as he was found smoking while driving.