Shenzhen Updates No-Smoking Signs to Include E-Cigs

By Rakini Bergundy, December 31, 2019

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Following up on the October ban of e-cigarettes in public spaces, Shenzhen has released a new anti-smoking sign that includes an e-cigarette alongside the standard cigarette graphic. On December 26, the Tobacco Control Office of Shenzhen released the latest version of the no-smoking signs, which are to replace previous versions. The city’s health commission says it is the first to do so in China. 

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An officer from the World Health Organization in Beijing remarked: 

“Shenzhen has taken the lead in banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places. Adding e-cigarettes to tobacco control signs will help raise public awareness of the new regulation and raise law-abiding awareness.”

In addition to public spaces such as parks, bus stops and tourist attractions, e-cigarette stores are also required to display warning signs. Those who choose to ignore the sign are first given a time frame to make amendments, and will be fined RMB2,000. If they fail to make corrections within the given time frame, a fine of RMB10,000 is imposed. 

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Xiong Jingfan, technical officer of the smoke-free city project in Shenzhen added that the inclusion of the e-cigarette graphic can also help in avoiding disputes caused by illegal smokers. Most people claim that they are not aware of the regulations on the ban of e-cigarettes when speaking with law enforcement. 

All smoking signs around the city will be updated by December 31, 2020 as a one-year interim period has been granted.  

READ MORE: Chinese Authorities Seek to Halt Online E-cigarette Sales

[All images via @深圳卫健/WeChat]

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