STUBBING OUT A GLOBAL MENACE: Anti-smoking measures

China: Laws in place, but more enforcement needed

Some of the biggest cities in China - Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Xi'an - have banned smoking in public places.
Some of the biggest cities in China - Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Xi'an - have banned smoking in public places.ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG

A 20-stick pack of Marlboro Lights usually costs 22 yuan (S$4.35). A similar pack in Hong Kong costs HK$59 (S$10.25). The smoke from traffic warden Wang Rui's cigarette wafts upwards, as the 30-year-old keeps a look out for drivers who park illegally on a frigid winter day in Beijing.

The sun is out, taking the sting out of the sub-zero temperatures, otherwise, Mr Wang confesses that he would probably be puffing inside a toilet in the nearby office building, even though that is banned.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 06, 2019, with the headline 'Laws in place, but more enforcement needed'. Print Edition | Subscribe