Lungs to Get a Lift: Smoking Banned From All Beijing Taxis

Beijing's anti-smoking campaign continues to get stricter as a city-wide ban on smoking will be enforced on its 71,000 taxis, announced the city's health and family planning bureau on Tuesday.

Under the new regulation, neither taxi drivers nor passengers will be allowed to smoke at any time during a taxi ride. 

All Beijing taxis will now bear anti-smoking signs, and violations can be made via a phone hotline at 12320, or to the city's traffic enforcement agency.

Taxis are just the latest Beijing mode of transportation that prohibits smoking, following the example led by Beijing's subways, buses, and its Capital Airport.

After implementing a city-wide indoor smoking ban in 2015, Beijing began to see some progress in its campaign to stop smoking. After some 700 venues were cited in the first week alone as well as raising taxes on cigarettes, there are now 200,000 fewer cigarette smokers in Beijing.

READ: Beijing's Smoking Ban Cuts Nicotine Fiends, Though 22 Percent Still Toke

After having become well-accepted by its local restaurants and bars, banning smoking in taxis appears to be the next logical step in completely banning cigarette use throughout Beijing. While previous 2011 anti-smoking legislation was criticized for being ineffectual, this latest news along with greater public acceptance shows that a proposed nation-wide smoking ban may not be as far-fetched as first imagined as other Chinese cities like Shanghai adopt indoor smoking bans of their own.

China has some 316 million smokers, of which 733,000 Chinese were diagnosed with smoking-related illnesses, including lung cancer, in 2015.

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Could someone please come to my apartment and explain how the smoking ban works to all the people that smoke in the elevators?

rippley5150 wrote:

Could someone please come to my apartment and explain how the smoking ban works to all the people that smoke in the elevators?

 

 

I want this too. And the bathrooms in our office building. Can't decide whether elevator or toilet is worse.

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schreursm wrote:
rippley5150 wrote:

Could someone please come to my apartment and explain how the smoking ban works to all the people that smoke in the elevators?

I want this too. And the bathrooms in our office building. Can't decide whether elevator or toilet is worse.

The toilet would be worse because you have the fart, piss and poop smell mingling with the smoke. In an elevator, it's just more tightly contained.

Pity the man too dense for satire.

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LysanderWrites wrote:

schreursm wrote:

rippley5150 wrote:

Could someone please come to my apartment and explain how the smoking ban works to all the people that smoke in the elevators?

 

 

I want this too. And the bathrooms in our office building. Can't decide whether elevator or toilet is worse.

The toilet would be worse because you have the fart, piss and poop smell mingling with the smoke. In an elevator, it's just more tightly contained.

Or does the smoke mask those smells?

the Beijinger

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