S. Africa Adopts Anti-Smoking Law
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - South Africa adopted strict new regulations Friday that ban tobacco advertising, limit smoking in the workplace and force bars and restaurants to build separate smoking sections.
Most of the regulations, published by the government Friday, will take effect Sunday, but will not be enforced for three months as South Africans and businesses make the adjustments.
Under the regulations, employers must protect their staff from exposure to tobacco smoke in the workplace.
Bars, restaurants and hotels will be required to restrict smoking to designated, walled-off areas, where a health warning must be posted. Retailers who sell tobacco also must post warnings.
Regulations banning tobacco advertising will take effect April 23.