Last updated: August 8, 2022

Smoke Free Status of Outdoor Places

Does the law require any outdoor or quasi-outdoor spaces to be smoke free or restrict smoking in any way? Examples of such places include within a specified distance of doorways, outdoor patios of bars or restaurants, parks/beaches, outdoor stadiums, and outdoor markets.
Yes

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Analysis

Public pleasure grounds are defined as “a public pleasure ground within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132).” Annex 4 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance lists the public pleasure grounds in Hong Kong.

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The following areas within any bathing beach are no smoking areas:

(a) any part of the waters set aside for the sole use of swimmers under section 10 of the Bathing Beaches Regulation (Cap 132 sub. leg. E) (which includes any beach raft and any other thing on the surface of or above those waters);

(b) the shore covered with sand or stones, together with any structure, showering facilities or natural feature on such shore; and

(c) any area specified under section 107(3) of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132) to be used as a barbecue area, camp site or children's play area.

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The following areas within any public swimming pool are no smoking areas:

(a) any swimming pool;

(b) any sidewalk immediately adjacent to the swimming pool;

(c) any diving board or other apparatus or facility adjoining the swimming pool; and

(d) any spectator stand.

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The following areas within an stadium are no smoking areas:

(a) any pitch;

(b) any running track;

(c) any sidewalk immediately adjacent to the pitch or running track; and

(d) any spectator stand.

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Analysis

The Hong Kong Wetland Park is a no smoking area.