Nepal to ban smoking in public places

November 6th, 2008 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, Nov 6 (Xinhua) The Nepali government will shortly introduce a law to ban smoking in public places, the reported Thursday. “Places for smoking will be designated. If anyone smokes outside such designated places, the violator will be fined,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam.

“We are soon bringing a law to this effect,” he was quoted by the website as saying.

The Supreme Court ordered the government two years ago to formulate laws to ban smoking in public places, the reports said.

Reports say that in Nepal, 49 percent of men and 29 percent of women smoke.

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