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Laws that are broken in Hong Kong every day – Smoking in public places

Extract from SCMP article:

Although smoking is banned in indoor public spaces, Hong Kong is the only jurisdiction in the world that punishes smokers rather than the premises in which they have lit up. As a result, some bars quietly allow people to smoke, and the habit can only be stubbed out by enforcement officers on ad hoc inspections. When they enter an establishment, smokers can quickly ditch the evidence.

How effective is that? Not too bad. In 2014, the Tobacco Control Office of the Health Department issued 8,027 fixed penalty notices and summonses to smoking offenders, compared to only 242 in 2012. Already in the first quarter of this year, the TCO has issued 2,061 notices and summonses.

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