Smoking in Plazas, Parks Banned in Seoul

by Kathy Jones on  February 6, 2011 at 1:57 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Media reports have indicated that smokers will face a 90-dollar fine if they light up at Seoul's main squares, which are popular with tourists.
 Smoking in Plazas, Parks Banned in Seoul
Smoking in Plazas, Parks Banned in Seoul

Under toughened anti-tobacco rules, smoking will be banned from three main squares including Seoul Plaza, Cheongyecheon Plaza and Gwanghwamun Plaza, Yonhap news agency said, quoting the city council.

Following a three-month grace period ending June 1 those who smoke in the prohibited area will be slapped with a fine of 100,000 won ($90), it said.

Seoul city also plans to designate a total of 321 public spaces as non-smoking areas by the end of December, including parks and bus stations.

South Korea's national parliament has passed a law calling on provincial governments to make it more difficult for people to smoke in public places.

Source: AFP

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