The Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People's
Congress (BMPC) issued on 28 November 2014 the Beijing Regulation
on Smoking Control (the "Regulation") which became
effective from 1 June 2015. The Regulation is intended to be
another major step to bring China into lines with modern countries.
If it works, it will serve as the template for national Chinese
rules and make Beijing an example for the entire Asian region.
The Regulation imposes strict responsibilities on employers in
implementing smoking control measures.
The Regulation will outlaw smoking in the indoor areas of any
employers' premises. Employers will be required to include
smoking control in their daily management. Such controls will
establishing a non-smoking policy; and
posting visible no-smoking signs in the non-smoking areas and
signs publishing the hotline for reporting the breach.
Any employer who fails to comply with the above may be subject
to a fine of RMB2,000 to RMB5,000.
Employers should report any illegal smoking to the
Employers may wish to use technical measures. For instance,
smoke alarm or video to monitor illegal smoking. Employers may also
include disciplinary actions in their no-smoking policy or in the
Employers may designate certain smoking areas outdoors. Such
smoking areas should meet the following requirements:
they should include signage publicising the harm caused by
smoking to health; and
the area should be away from any crowded area and away from any
main passage for pedestrians.
Effective from 1 June 2015, the Beijing Municipal Commission of
Health and Family Planning (BJCHFP) has been launching a
comprehensive inspection for the following three months in Beijing,
the names of companies who violate the Smoking Regulation more than
three times will be posted on a government website for a month.
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