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Smoking to be banned at Asian Games
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Souknilundon Southivongnorath

Beijing, China – Smokers will be famished during the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China after local authority banned smoking in public of the city.

The games official website reported recently that the Guangzhou Smoking Control Regulation, which came into effect on September 1, smoking is banned in the city's 12 categories of public places including offices, conference rooms, halls and elevators, while in six other kinds of places such as airports, shopping centers and restaurants with over 75 seats, smoking is to be allowed only in designated areas.

Individuals who flout the rules will be fined 50 yuan (about US$7,35) and businesses which allow smoking can be fined up to 30,000 yuan (about US$4,433).

Beijing's commitment to hosting a "No-smoking Olympics" inspired Guangzhou, capital of the southern Guangdong province, to commit itself to a no-smoking promise during the Asian Games which will open on November 12.

But with 2.3 million, or 22.8 percent of its 10 million population being smokers, the host city has found this is not an easy task.

The Smoking Control Association of Guangzhou’s President Yao Rongbin said smokers in Guangzhou were such a massive group. He hoped to use the strictest smoking-control bans to make local residents smoke less or even give up cigarettes once and for all.

According to the city's "No-smoking Asian Games" commitment, anti-smoking warnings will be posted in all competition venues, gyms and ticket booths.

A medical care and health department official of the games' organising committee Hu Bingjie said the coming Asian Games offered them a superb chance to ensure the building of a healthy and civilised Guangzhou.

Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Guangzhou, the city's legislature Li Li said the stress of the regulation is on education and deterrence. Imposing fines is just the means. Later, the amount of the fine might be lifted.

China already plan in the middle of this year that they will ban smoking in the public, hospitality and restaurant early next year.

Hangzhou in east China's Zhejiang province has employed 10,000 smoking-control supervisors and volunteers to work in the city's public places and, last week, seven universities, including the Peking and Zhejiang universities, announced the establishment of non-smoking campuses.

Deputy Director of China's National Tobacco Control Office Jiang Huan said banning smoking nationwide would deal a heavy blow to the tobacco industry. “Nearly a tenth of the country's tax revenue comes from tobacco.”

Guangzhou games will be the other good model of China government to control smoking, it will be more experience for the authority and officials who involved on smoking ban next year.

Souknilundon is a Lao journalist working at the China Forum of Environmental Journalists under an exchange programme supported by the Norwegian government.

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