New version of the no-smoking sign in Shenzhen

Shenzhen: The First City in China to Include E-Cigarette to New Tobacco Control Signs

The new version of the no-smoking sign in Shenzhen | Photo from Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission
" Shenzhen will set a one-year buffer period and complete the replacement of the relevant tobacco control signs by December 31, 2020. "

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Shenzhen, China: New tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, are officially included in the smoking ban control, and the signs of no-smoking have also been updated.

On October 1, 2019, the revised “Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Smoking Control Regulations” (referred to as the “Tobacco Control Regulations”) included electronic cigarettes in the scope of tobacco control. To this end, the Shenzhen Tobacco Control Office issued the “Guidelines for the Production and Setting of Shenzhen Tobacco Control Marking Marking Lines”. Based on the original tobacco control sign, the electronic cigarette pattern was added, which is the first of its kind in China.

The first city in China to add electronic cigarettes to the tobacco control sign.

“I smoke not ordinary cigarettes, but electronic cigarettes!” In the past, some smokers justified electronic cigarettes as a quite effective smoking cessation tool; However, in Shenzhen, electronic cigarettes have been included in the scope of tobacco control.

The revised “Tobacco Control Regulations” came into effect on October 1, 2019. Article 44 stipulates that “smoke refers to the use of electronic cigarettes, HNB products or holding other tobacco products that are ignited.” In addition, in terms of tobacco product definitions, the new edition of the “Tobacco Control Regulations” also clearly states that tobacco products “refer to products produced in whole or in part from tobacco as raw materials for smoking, sucking, chewing or snuffing, and electronic cigarettes.”

In order to create a better public awareness of the new “Tobacco Control Regulations” and improve the efficiency of law enforcement, the Shenzhen Tobacco Control Office organized experts to redesign and produce various types of tobacco control signs, adding electronic cigarette pattern to the tobacco control signs, and increasing Textual descriptions so that the public can quickly understand the regulations governing e-cigarettes.

“The inclusion of e-cigarette pattern in the tobacco control sign is an effective measure to directly and widely publicize the new regulations. After posting the new tobacco control sign in all no-smoking places, it will be much easier for the law enforcement department to prevent illegal smokers from claiming that they do not know the prohibition.” Xiong Jingfan, technical officer of the Shenzhen Smoke-free City Project, said that at present, international organizations including the World Health Organization and national ministries and commissions have not stipulated e-cigarette control labels, such as Hangzhou, Nanning, and many other cities that have included electronic cigarettes in tobacco control. While Shenzhen has become the first city in the country to use a tobacco control sign containing electronic cigarette pattern, which will be a good demonstration for other cities and regions in the future.

The World Health Organization also appreciates Shenzhen’s approach. Sun Jiani, technical officer of the Tobacco Free Initiative of the World Health Organization’s Representative Office in China, said that it was necessary for Shenzhen to launch a tobacco control sign containing the electronic cigarette. ” Shenzhen bans the use of e-cigarettes in public places. It has been at the forefront of the country. Adding e-cigarette to the tobacco control sign will help increase public awareness of this new regulation and increase awareness of law compliance.”

Law enforcement officials post Shenzhen's new version of the no-smoking sign
Law enforcement officials post Shenzhen’s new version of the no-smoking sign | Photo from Nandu News

Brick and mortar e-cigarette stores also need to post tobacco control warnings.

On November 1, 2019, China State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration issued the “Notice on Further Protecting Minors from Electronic Cigarettes”, requiring that electronic cigarettes not be sold to minors, and electronic cigarettes not be sold through the Internet. Online e-cigarette advertisements were also banned.

Although online e-cigarette sales are banned, brick and mortar e-cigarette stores cannot be ignored. According to incomplete statistics, of the 678 e-cigarette manufacturers in the country, 588 are in Shenzhen, and there also are many electronic cigarette sales in Shenzhen.

It is reported that according to Article 13 of the “Tobacco Control Regulations”, “tobacco products sellers should set up warning signs in their stores and prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors.” In Shenzhen, due to electronic cigarettes Also included in the scope of control, which means that electronic cigarette sales must also post warning signs in accordance with regulations. For those who violate this regulation, the market supervision and management department shall order correction within a time limit and impose a fine of 2,000 yuan; if they fail to make corrections within a time limit, a fine of 10,000 yuan shall be imposed.

“These e-cigarette stores are very trendy and attractive to young people, but in the store, we can hardly see the warning sign that smoking is harmful to health.” Xiong Jingfan said, according to the revised “Control of Tobacco Regulations, e-cigarette stores must also post relevant warning signs in accordance with the law.

In addition to including e-cigarettes in “tobacco control,” the revised “Tobacco Control Regulations” increased the number of seven types of outdoor non-smoking places to nine. Among them, within five meters of pedestrian entrances and exits of public transportation stations and areas where outdoor platforms and waiting queues for public transportation are listed as “non-smoking areas”, this also means that buses, taxis, subways, coaches, trains, ships Public transport and other outdoor places for civil aircraft and waiting areas will be completely smoke-free. In addition, schools, parks, medical and health institutions, parks, tourist attractions, stadiums and other places outside the pedestrian waiting areas and outdoor ticketing areas are also included in the “no smoking area”. In the future, these areas will also need to be set up with no-smoking signs, no-smoking notices or no-smoking signs on the ground.

All tobacco control signs will be updated within one year.

Shenzhen will set a one-year buffer period and complete the replacement of the relevant tobacco control signs by December 31, 2020.

The new version of the no-smoking sign in Shenzhen | Photo from Shenzhen Municipal Health  Commission
The new version of the no-smoking sign in Shenzhen | Photo from Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission
The new version of the no-smoking sign in Shenzhen | Photo from Shenzhen Municipal Health  Commission
New version of the no-smoking sign in Shenzhen | Photo from Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission
The new version of the no-smoking sign in Shenzhen | Photo from Shenzhen Municipal Health  Commission
New version of the no-smoking sign in Shenzhen | Photo from Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission

It is reported that in order to facilitate the redesign and production of new tobacco control signs in various non-smoking places, illustrations of various types of tobacco control sign templates can be downloaded from the Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission. The Municipal Tobacco Control Office will also print a batch of new tobacco control signs, which will be distributed to various types of non-smoking venues by means of tobacco control volunteer inspection activities and training of venue managers.

However, the “Shenzhen Guidelines for the Making and Setting of Smoke Control Signs” also requires that all types of smoke control signs must be clearly visible from 5 meters away. Outdoor non-smoking places, such as parks, tourist attractions, etc., should have tobacco control signs at the main entrances and exits, ticket purchase areas, rest areas, crowds of concentrated activities, etc., and fixed publicity bars and signs should be added with tobacco control signs. For areas that are not suitable for posting smoke control signs, refer to the guidelines for spraying ground smoke control signs. At the same time, non-smoking places with audio-visual playback systems are also encouraged, such as Internet business service venues, song and dance entertainment venues, outdoor platforms for public transportation, public transportation, etc., to play tobacco control tips and signs by voice, video, graphics, etc.

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