Lawmakers Approve Bill Ban Smoking in Public Places

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) yesterday passed a draft bill that restricts smoking in public places and bans alcoholic beverages advertisement on broadcast media.

Members of the House discussed the draft law and approved it.
The new law bans smoking within 100 meters of public and workplaces, health institutions, and youth recreational centers, among others.

It also bans anyone from selling alcoholic drinks to persons under 21 years of age.

According to studies, many countries the United States, most European Union member states, Canada, South Africa have a smoking age, it is also illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and in the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and South Africa it is illegal to sell tobacco products to people under the age of 16.

Several countries in the world such as Ireland, Latvia, Estonia, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Canada, Australia, Sweden, have legislated against smoking in public places, often including bars and restaurants.

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