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Stricter smoking ban takes effect in Colombia 

Jump to full article: Xinhua Newswire, 2008-06-02


A ban on smoking in all public places went into effect on Sunday in Colombia, announced the Colombian government.

The ban applies to all public places, such as public transport vehicles, hospitals, kindergartens and schools, said the Ministry of Social Security and Health, which issued the ban on May 31, the21st World No Tobacco Day.

The ban also extends non-smoking area to bars, clubs, restaurants, business centers and airports, said the ministry.

Under the ban, "smoking areas" will no longer be seen in enclosed public places and all cigarettes sold within the country should carry the warning "smoking is harmful to your health" on their packages.

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