Hong Kong stubs it out

The smoking ban covers most indoor locations and many outdoor ones.

    Offenders face a maximum fine of HK$5,000 ($644) under the law passed in October

    But Leung Kwok-hung, a member of parliament, said a complete ban was unnecessary and that business operators should be given a choice.

    He said filtration and ventilation systems that are effective in maintaining clean air indoors were now available.

    "It's ridiculous that the government is not allowing restaurateurs to use those enhancement facilities to maintain a smoking area in their restaurants. They should be given a choice."

    Leung plans to demonstrate against the prohibition in the next few months.

    Amy Choi, 27, a law student, supports the ban because she hates breathing in second-hand smoke although she enjoys a puff when she drinks.

    "I don't like people smoking next to me. It’s so smoky and smelly."

    Robert Hyde, an Australian tourist and a smoker for more than 10 years, said he would continue to visit Hong Kong, home to almost seven million people, despite the ban.

    "If I need to smoke, then I'll smoke outside the restaurant and then go back to enjoy my meal. It's easy."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.