Archipelago

Bali gets tough on smokers
in non-smoking areas

The Bali Legislative Council has endorsed regulation on non-smoking areas that applies a six-month jail sentence or a Rp 50 million (US$5,500) fine for people caught smoking in such areas.

Implementation of the regulation is awaiting approval from the home minister.

The regulation defines non-smoking areas as hotels, restaurants, tourism areas, houses of worship, health centers, schools and other educational institutions, children’s playgrounds, public transportation, government buildings including military and police headquarters and offices, traditional markets, entertainment spots, ports and airports.

The areas are also to be free of cigarette sales and advertisements.

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said the regulation was made as mandated by the 2009 Health Law.

“It will take time to enforce the new regulation,” Pastika said Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

He believed that foreign tourists would easily obey the regulation but that local people may resist it.

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