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Cameras catch more smoking illegally

MORE smokers in Internet cafes were caught and fined in the second quarter of this year compared with the previous quarter, after police boosted the number of surveillance cameras to capture lawbreakers.

Internet cafes, restaurants and karaoke parlors are the public places with the most violations of anti-smoking law in Shanghai.

Smokers who refuse to put out their cigarettes can be fined up to 200 yuan (US$31.33) for breaking the city's public smoking control law, in effect since March 2010.

Police said from this April to June, they punished 81 Internet cafe managers and 53 customers for breaking the law.

The fines added up to more than 70,000 yuan. The number of fined violators and the penalty amount have grown greatly thanks to the cameras.

The Internet cafe owners were fined for letting customers smoke inside or failing to set up non-smoking signs as mandated by the law.

Citywide, the government said yesterday that the management of 115 public venues, such as restaurants, hotels and shopping malls, as well as 63 smokers were fined a total of 147,000 yuan for violating the smoking ban during the second quarter.

The transport watchdog said they also fined 35 cabbies who smoked inside their own taxies.

The local health promotion commission said about 100 more volunteers signed up to help identify illegal smokers.

The number of the volunteer team members has grown to nearly 1,900, who daily patrol public venues and report violations.


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