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Smokers Days are Numbered in Bali

Bali Smoking Bali Now in Effect; Total Ban on Smoking in Public Places to Be Phased in Over Time.

(6/3/2012) The province of Bali became “officially smoke free” as of June 1, 2012.

Quoted by Republika.co.id, Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika said the ban on smoking in public places will be phased in, commencing with an immediate ban on smoking in government offices.

The ban on smoking in Bali is covered in Bali’s Provincial Law No. 10 of 2011 on No Smoking Zones.

Pastika explained that the principle behind the no-smoking zones is to make these areas 100% free of cigarette smoke in public areas and enclosed spaces. The law also contains sections limiting advertising and the promotion of smoking.

“Advertising that promotes smoking is effective in luring beginning smokers; for this reason it must be limited, primarily by limiting areas in which these advertisements can be displayed,” explained the governor.

The governor promises that after eliminating smoking in public areas and banning advertising for tobacco products he will introduce further “anti-smoking” steps. Among future programs the governor plans to limit places where tobacco can be sold,  and eliminating the sale of cigarettes in traditional markets, shopping centers, public transport terminals and airports. Details concerning these steps will be addressed in future gubernatorial decrees.

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