More smoke-free areas from 15 January 2013

Smoking prohibition to be extended to five new areas island wide from 15 January 2013

From next week, smokers can no longer light up at the following five new areas that have been included in the smoking prohibition laws:

i.    Common areas of all residential buildings

ii.   Covered linkways and walkways

iii.  Overhead pedestrian bridges

iv.  Within 5-metre radius of bus shelters [smoking at bus stops not allowed from October 2005]

v.   Hospital outdoor compounds [smoking inside hospital buildings not allowed from July 1988]

In the next three months, those caught smoking in the newly banned  areas will get only warnings unless they had repeatedly flouted the law. After that, offenders can be fined up to $1,000.

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