Beijing Bans Lighting Up Indoors

China's capital began imposing the country's toughest ban on smoking in public places Monday. The goal is to prevent a looming health crisis in a society where smoking remains a big part of dining, social events and life in general.
Smoking in Beijing is now prohibited in all indoor public places, including offices, shopping malls and airports, as well as at outdoor stadiums, school grounds and public parks. Beijing's main airport terminal will close its three smoking rooms.
Fines for violators have been raised to the equivalent of $3), up from $1.60 charged under the former partial ban. And for the first time owners of restaurants and other businesses are responsible for ensuring compliance.



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