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Net cafe fined over smoking laws

AN Internet cafe has become the city's first victim of anti-smoking laws, being fined 2,000 yuan (US$ 292) for allowing customers to smoke inside, Baoshan District police said today.

Police caught three men smoking during a spot check on the Shanghai Baochen Network Company Internet café on Nanwei Road on March 22.

The police warned the three smokers and asked the staff to stop people smoking in the café as part of their responsibilities under the anti-smoking law.

But during another spot check on April 18, police again caught two men smoking while staff did nothing to stop them.

The café operator, a man surnamed Zhen, said the staff failed to stop the smokers because they didn't want to lose their customers.

His company, Shanghai Baochen Network Company, was fined 2,000 yuan for allowing their customers to smoke in a non-smoking area.

According to Hu Shunkang, party committee member of Shanghai Public Security Bureau, the police carried out spot checks on more than 500 Internet cafes in April, stopped about 800 offenders and warned 60 cafes to take action against smoking.

So far in the city-wide anti-smoking campaign, spot checks have been conducted in a total of 18,328 public venues.

Among them, 559 venues were required to adopt rectification measures with 476 of them already passing a second check. Police warned 65 venues for breaking the law.

According to a survey monitoring non-smoking venues in April, the smoking rate has dropped from 37.5 percent to the current 28.1 percent.


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