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Suriname approves bill that bans smoking in public

- February 10, 2013 - Updated 1132 PKT - From Web Edition

PARAMARIBO: Legislators in the South American country of Suriname have approved a bill that could mean jail time for people who smoke in public.


President Desi Bouterse is expected to sign the bill in upcoming weeks.


People caught smoking outside their homes, cars or other private places could be put behind bars.


The bill approved Thursday also bans tobacco advertising and requires that tobacco packages carry graphic warnings about the dangers of smoking.


The World Health Organization found that nearly 40 percent of men in Suriname smoke cigarettes. Among them is Bouterse, a well-known heavy smoker.

Reader Comments
It will be interesting to see if President Bouterse is among the first to be put behind bars. Will he govern the country more responsibly from his new offices? Michael J. McFadden Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains" -- from the US, but is sad to see Suriname allowing itself to be bullied by the U.N.

Michael J. McFadden
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