CHINA Wangfujing smoking area triggers criticism

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Wangfujing smoking area triggers criticism

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04:06, January 09, 2019

A large, open air smoking area located in Beijing's Wangfujing pedestrian walking street is being accused of violating local smoking control regulations, reports chinanews.com.

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Photo shows an open air smoking area on Wangfujing in central Beijing, January 7, 2019. (Photo: IC)

The 70 meter outdoor smoking zone features 18 stainless steel seats, 13 standing ashtray pillars, six metal barriers including two advertising boards and a smoke ring-shaped statue.

Beijing Tobacco Control Association (BTCA) claims the smoking zone, which is located outside the entrance of a department store, represents a safety hazard.

The BTCA also contends the outdoor smoking area poses a danger to the public, as it poses health risks to visitors, especially to women, children and the elderly.

"The area is a disguised form of tobacco advertising, and its establishment may induce young people passing by to smoke," argues the BTCA.

The Association is calling for Wangfujing to be turned into a smoke-free zone, given the daily passenger flows on the street.

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