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Public to get a say in tobacco legislation

THE city's controversial anti-smoking legislation will be open for public debate.

Shanghai lawmakers said yesterday that they would hold a hearing on September 21 on the drafting of the tobacco-control law to hear the opinions of residents before fine-tuning the legislation.

The proposed law, the first of its kind in Shanghai, has drawn great public attention since its contents were publicized last month.

People who smoke in prohibited areas will face fines of between 50 yuan (US$7.32) and 200 yuan under the law.

Non-smoking areas will be widened and policed.

Twenty city residents will be selected to attend the hearing, lawmakers said, and expatriates, were welcome to apply for a seat.

The Shanghai People's Congress, the city's legislative body, said people should briefly state their identities and viewpoints when applying to attend the hearing.

Applications will be accepted from Sunday to next Tuesday. Applicants can either call 6358-6499 or log onto the Websites, or

The new law will prohibit smoking both indoors and outdoors around kindergartens, middle and primary schools, hospitals for children and pregnant women, orphanages and other public venues frequented by children and pregnant women.

Indoor smoking will be banned at all other schools, hospitals and public places such as cinemas, museums, banks, malls, airports, railway stations and bus terminals and many private businesses.

Smoking will only be allowed in designated areas in bars, restaurants, entertainment venues such as karaoke parlors and games arcades and the offices of state-owned enterprises.


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