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54 fines reported for tobacco violations

CITY public health authorities fined 48 public venues and six individuals for violating the no-smoking law from the time the regulation took effect early last year through September of this year, officials said yesterday.

The fines totaled 120,600 yuan (US$18,970), reported the Shanghai Patriotic Health Campaign Commission.

In addition, 42 governmental departments around the city were warned because they provided ashtrays in meeting rooms, including an office in the city government building at People's Square, said the commission.

Local public transport authorities, meanwhile, have fined 85 cab drivers for smoking in taxis. Those fines totaled 8,600 yuan.

Officials said Internet cafes, entertainment venues and restaurants remain the biggest abusers of the law. They said about half of entertainment venues haven't adopted the tobacco-control policy. About 40 percent of those facilities provided ashtrays or lighters in their "no-smoking" areas, and ventilation facilities did not work well.

The sites doing much better on smoking control include airports, sites for children and teenagers, and public cultural venues, officials said.

The local anti-smoking law applies to 12 types of public places, including schools and hospitals.


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