Over 95 percent of local restaurants covered by Shanghai's anti-smoking law have set up smoking and non-smoking areas or ban smoking completely, while the rest are out of compliance and still must separate smokers and non-smokers, officials said yesterday.
Shanghai has 8,622 medium or large eateries, which are larger than 150 square meters or have more than 75 seats. They are required to set up proper smoking and non-smoking areas or make themselves entirely tobacco-free.
About 95.3 have set up smoking and non-smoking areas or ban smoking completely. "Though there is no deadline for a full implementation of the law enacted in March 2010, the rest will become the major target of our monitoring," said Lu Weida of the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.