As noted earlier, one of the first things I realized about China and appreciated about Canada was the lack of a ban on cigarette smoking indoors in China and how I took it for granted it Canada.
Although you are allowed to smoke in many indoor places in China, if you ask someone to put out their butt, they will without complaint. At least, from what I've observed. This doesn't eliminate the lingering second hand smoke unfortunately.
After meeting expats, new friends and visiting some establishments, some are creating environments which willfully ban smoking indoors! Be it, bars, tattoo shops and more. These owners recognize a demand from customers, especially foreign ones, for a smoke free environment.
Now I'm no legal expert, though from my understanding, a law makes a right obligatory and enforceable by standards and punishment. In this case, having access to a smoke free environment is an obligatory right in Canada. In China, there is no law obligating establishments to prohibit or permit smoking indoors, to my knowledge. And in so doing, leaves the decision up to the owner.
As many of you know, I'm a supporter of capitalism. Admittedly, my previous alignment was with capitalism and whatever it brought. Many anti-capitalist, I think, are really anti-crony capitalism. Recently, I've refined my support for capitalism to be that of conscious capitalism.
This example of establishments preventing customers from consuming cigarettes inside is an example of such conscious capitalism. It's what I feel to be a small but steadily gaining momentum movement as the Chinese become increasingly educated, combined with more Westerners explore China.
It demonstrates how policy in one country influences another (ahem, politicians), and how the laws of Supply and Demand work in reaching equilibrium naturally. There is a lot of room for improvement, but this applies to all countries. It also provides insight into how the widespread public does have enough influence by voting with dollars and word of mouth, to make the economy move more in line with the demands of consumers and their desires. The economy is the consumers' playhouse, they just need to stop letting the major corporations dictate all the rules. We all like to say we love democracy, there is no greater democracy than the free market and the power of the dollar!
Tesla is a great, recent example of this. Traditional combustion engine vehicles are fairly cheap, costly to maintain, and rely on the ever fluctuating (and increasing) price of oil -- which is destroying the Earth. Tesla comes along and recently announced their car for the masses called the Model 3 starting at $35,000 USD. The car is stylish (something traditional automakers had failed to do), innovative, and gets great mileage! Consumers voted with their dollars to say they wanted this product to move forward by pre-ordering 180,000 units, with each person putting down $1,000 and the car not available until 2017! Let that sink in! Tesla made $1.8M nearly a year before the car is expected to be delivered in deposits! $1 = 1 vote. Side note, Tesla is loved in China, just like in the U.S., I'm not sure about other cities abroad, however, in TJ, Uber offers a "Tesla" option just as you might have an UberX option! This is a great way to support innovative innovation, and get a ride in an amazing car! I have yet to use it myself, but plan to ASAP!