Anti tobacco law will be enforced
PANAMA. This week the Health ministry will start inspections to enforce the anti-tobacco law in restaurants, bars and public places. R...
PANAMA. This week the Health ministry will start inspections to enforce the anti-tobacco law in restaurants, bars and public places. Reina Roa, health services director for the ministry, said: “Words are finished and now we will proceed to sanction and close temporarily or permanently the places that insist on violating the law. ”
Roa said there were places in Via Argentina that keep separate areas for smokers and this is against the law as no smoking is allowed in public places.
The anti-tobacco law prohibits smoking in private and public offices, collective transportation and enclosed places with public access. Tobacco is the second major cause of death throughout the world. It is currently responsible for the death of about 5 million people each year. If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half the people who smoke today - that is about 650 million people - will eventually be killed by tobacco. To report smoking violations the public can call 800-5500.