Beijing’s Municipal Government has proposed regulations requiring at least 70 percent of hotel accommodation to be smoke-free in the run up to the Olympics later this year.
The city’s Legislative Affairs Office has opened public consultation on the changes to the 1996 regulations, which could extend the ban to fitness centres, cultural relics sites, offices, meeting rooms, dining halls, toilets, aisles and lifts in buildings belonging to the government or private institutions.
According to local media, Beijing wants smoking bans to be in place by June.
Over a quarter of China’s population smokes – one third of the world’s smokers.
This year’s Olympics will be the first non-smoking games, following the signing of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005.
By Elizabeth Clifford-Marsh