El Salvador bans public-area smoking

El Salvador’s congress has overriden a veto by President Mauricio Funes and approved a ban on smoking in closed public spaces.

The law explicitly bans smoking in work places, public transport and public areas where children gather.

It also bans the sale of single cigarettes and requires warning messages on cigarette packs.

Congress approved the law Thursday, after Funes had vetoed it on the grounds that it excessively regulatied private activities.

In February, neighboring Honduras passed an even tougher anti-smoking ban that allows family members to call the police on people who smoke at home.

That law requires smokers to stand at least six feet away from nonsmokers in any open space.

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