China is so lucky to have a new set of train stations and airports. Big and bright and with excellent information boards; wonderful!
BUT, I wonder if administrators will ever get serious about the smoking plague and the blind-eye approach to this public drug addiction.. The non-smoking rules (generally) work in the open areas of the stations. But, in the men's bathrooms, the air is terrible. It is obviously open season for smokers in the washrooms. When I point at the large "no smoking" signs, I get blank looks, sneers, or apologies, as the smoking continues. Incredible that none of the Chinese men who are not smoking ever say anything.
Also, the on-train announcements at each stop (Shanghai-Nanjing) repeatedly stated "no smoking on the platforms". Yet men crowded the doorways to smoke at each stop, and the smoke drifts through the cars. And as soon as the train discharged passengers, we are enveloped with smoke, even in the large underground passages leading from the platforms to the waiting room.
We can be thankful that smoking is not (yet) a female addiction.
Please, I suggest that all train users visibly object when men light up in the washroom; and I encourage everyone to speak objections to the smoking to the station information staff (useless, I know, but maybe in aggregate the message will grow)
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