Ban on smoking in private establishments, public areas takes effect Date: Friday, June 15, 2012
Source: The Daily Star
BEIRUT: The Ministry of Public Health announced Friday that the law banning smoking in private establishments and public areas is now enforceable.
“After issuing the executive decrees, the law to ban smoking in public and all [commercial] enclosed spaces becomes enforceable and regulatory bodies will need to monitor its implementation,” a statement from the Ministry said.
In August of last year, Parliament endorsed a long-awaited law banning smoking in indoor public spaces, public areas, as well as prohibiting tobacco advertisements and requiring larger pictorial warnings on cigarette packs.
The law also bans tobacco company sponsorship of concerts and other events.
Police and inspectors from the Health Ministry and the Economy Ministry’s Directorate of Consumer Protection will be responsible for monitoring the implementation of the law.
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