Enforcement

SMOKE-FREE PLACES

  • Government premises
  • Office premises
  • Any area in an educational institution or higher education institution
  • Any area in a child care centre
  • Queue of two or more persons in a public place
  • Public museum ,art gallery and library
  • Hospitals, medical clinics, and nursing homes
  • Building used for religious purposes
  • Market, stall, kiosk, tamu or any business premises; Shops and shopping complex
  • Any area in a petrol station
  • Factory and workshop
  • Financial Institution
  • Public transport or terminals and Motor omnibus, hired or company-owned private buses, school buses, taxicabs and any public
  • service; Any airport including its premises; Any immigration control post including its premises
  • Entertainment centres, indoor roller skating rinks, internet cafes; Recreational Parks; Sports arena, sports stadium, bowling
  • alley, billiard hall, gymnasium, aerobic and fitness centre, public swimming pool, or any other premises for sports activity
  • Function rooms and amenities of any private club
  • Eating place including any toilet
  • Hall, ballroom, function room and hotel lobbies
  • Any area used for any assembly activity in a building other than private or residential building
  • Public staircase, lift or toilet
  • Corridor, lobby, staircase, toilet or other common area in any building
  • Five-foot walkway and within Six meters from the distance of the building line.

ENFORCEMENT TEAM:

The Minister of Health is tasked to enforce the law with the support of the following:

i. Authorized Officers of the Health Enforcement Unit
ii. Authorized Officers under the Department of Health Services comprising of the district medical officers and environmental health inspectors.

PENALTY OR FINES:

Section14 of Tobacco Order 2005: Any person who smokes in any specified place or vehicle is guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding BND1,000.00 (USD800.00).

Smoking in prohibited places is a compoundable offense.
First offense – BND300.00 (USD240.00)
Second and subsequent offenses – BND500.00 (USD400.00)
RELIGION AND SMOKING:
The State Mufti or Islamic Scholar has issued a religious ruling (Fatwa) declaring that tobacco is forbidden for Muslims.