Brazil bans smoking in public spaces

Brazil’s president has signed a law that bans smoking in enclosed public places nationwide.

The U.S.-based anti-smoking group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids calls it a historic measure. The groups says Brazil, with its 190 million people, is now the largest nation to go completely smoke free for enclosed public and work spaces.

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Smoking bans were already in place in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other big Brazilian cities.

The law, which has been signed by the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, bans smoking even in venues dedicated to smoking at airports, malls and businesses.

Brazil’s ministry of health has stated that smoking will be treated as a form of drug addiction with services to support those who want to stop smoking.

According to the new law, tobacco advertising is also banned and a new format for cigarette packaging has been introduced, with pricing on one side and a warning message about the dangers of smoking on the other.

However, the owners of restaurants and their customers are concerned about the ban imposed on smoking in private places.

“It is very embarrassing to be asked to stand on the sidewalk in order to smoke. Until now, there was a proper place to smoke but now I have to find a place in order to smoke,” a restaurant customer told Press TV.

Despite a reduction of 35% in the number of smokers in the Latin American country from 1990 to 2010, the reduction was not the same among young people, especially those with lower income and less than eight years of education.

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