Beijing rolls out tough anti-smoking law

Beijing's new anti-smoking laws, some of the toughest in China, take effect today. Smoking will not be allowed in indoor public places, including offices, restaurants and public transportation. Smoking in or near schools and hospitals is also forbidden.

Anyone violating the rule will be fined two-hundred yuan....or about 32 US dollars. The current fine, is just ten yuan. And anyone who breaks the law three times, will be named and shamed on a government website.

Businesses can be fined up to 10,000 yuan for failing to stamp out smoking on their premises. Less stringent measures have been introduced in various places throughout China since 1987.