Anti-smoking law in effect in Panama

A law that prohibits smoking in public and private establishments went into effect today in Panama, with severe fines for business owners who violate the law.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Health Minister Rosario Turner estimates that 2,500 persons die in Panama each year from tobacco-related illnesses.
She announced that starting tomorrow there will be inspections in bars, restaurants, casinos, beauty parlors and other buildings that fall under the jurisdiction of this law.
Fines can range from 5,000 to 100,000 balboas (equal to dollars) for infractions.

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Anti-Tobacco Law in Force in El Salvador

June 2011

Congress has passed the Tabacco Control Act, which regulates advertising and tabacco consumption.

The new law prohibits smoking in public places (workplaces, public transport, health centers, etc.) and regulates the sale and advertising of cigarettes. Fines have been established for those who violate the law.

Honduran Anti-Tobacco Law in Effect

February 2011

On Monday, February 21st, a law prohibiting smoking in enclosed public and private places came into effect.

The law prohibits smoking in open places less than 15 meters away from where a nonsmoker is located.

Ron Portillo, director of the Institute for Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, said that the values of the fines can be up to $ 311 for individuals and up to $ 6.300 for businesses which allow smoking.

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