Jakarta to totally ban smoking in public building

17:36, May 22, 2010      

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Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia will totally forbid smoking in all public building, a media said here Saturday.

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo was quoted by the Jakarta globe as saying that the rules on that would soon be finalized.

Should the ban is treated seriously, unlike earlier attempts to restrict smoking in public areas, Jakarta could finally join the growing list of major cities around the world that have virtually eliminated smoking inside bars, restaurants, offices and shopping malls.

As an interim measure, Fauzi on Friday issued a decree to revise a widely ignored 2005 bylaw on smoke-free areas that mandated the creation of smoking rooms in public buildings.

Under the 2005 bylaw, smokers can be fined 50 million rupiah ( some 5,400 U.S. dollars) or even jailed for six months for violating the ban, but enforcement has been virtually nonexistent.

The revised bylaw, which still has to be ratified by the City Council, states that smoking areas have to be separated physically from any public building and cannot be located next to an entrance or exit door. This would replace the current system of smoking rooms.

Source: Xinhua


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