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US$4 Fine or 3 Month Jail for Smoking in Non-Smoking Areas in Bali

(1/18/2014) NusaBali reports that a seminar held on the socialization of Smoke-Free Areas has told the public that commencing January 2014 those caught breaking no-smoking rules in public places in Bali can be subject to fines of Rp. 50,000 (US$4) or three months in prison.

Provincial Law No. 7 of 2013 on “Smoke-Free Areas” is now in effect in Bali.

The head of the health department for the municipality said the new lawhave been put in place to protect people from the dangerous effects of both passive and active smoking.

The anti-smoking regulations stipulate smoking is not allowed in public places in Bali, including places of education, work places, places of worship, recreation areas or areas frequented by children.

The prohibition against smoking also applies to public transport, medical centers and sporting venues.

Business and public areas affected by the new ruling are being urged to create well-ventilated smoking areas.

Children’s rights and children protection advocates are welcoming the new rules that will prevent children from suffering the health effects of second-hand smoke.