Bali bans smoking in tourist areas, including hotels

Bali’s provincial legislature passed a new anti-smoking bylaw yesterday that bans smoking in all tourist destinations or tourist support facilities, including hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars, according to a story in the Jakarta Globe.

Additionally, it bans smoking in places of worship, health facilities, schools, children’s playgrounds and public places, such as markets and airports.

Bali Beach

Bali bans smoking.

Public buses will also be smoke-free zones, as will all government offices, including police and military offices.

In addition to banning smoking, the bylaw forbids the sale of cigarettes and tobacco advertisements at these locations.

Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, said officials might have trouble enforcing the regulation in public facilities such as the DPRD building (the Bali legislative council building), where the bylaw was passed.

“Every time I am invited for a hearing at the DPRD, members smoke in the meeting room,” he said. “But I don’t think we will have a problem from tourists.”

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