Bali to adopt sanctions for smokers

Bali Health Agency plans to adopt the same policy as the Bogor administration in prosecuting smokers who ignore non-smoking zones through an ad hoc court for minor violations.

“We have witnessed first-hand the implementation of this policy and we believe that it could be replicated in Bali,” agency head Made Suhardana said during his visit to Bogor.

Suhardana had observed the proceedings in an ad hoc court set up in one of Bogor’s public parks.

“An ad hoc court is a speedy, efficient and effective way of dealing with violators,” he added as quoted by Antara news agency.

One of the Bogor administration’s senior officials, Edgar Suratman, said the city had implemented no-smoking zones in public places, offices, places of worship, children’s playgrounds, public transportation vehicles, schools and health and sporting facilities.

The administration has also prohibited cigarette companies from displaying promotional materials in public places.

“In 2008, there were 372 cigarette-related advertisements installed in public spaces across Bogor, while in 2010 there were only 77,” he said.

The policy has seen the city’s revenue from commercial advertising drop from Rp 3 billion (US$318,000) in 2008 to Rp 1.5 billion in 2010.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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