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Puerto Rico Smoking Ban Now in Effect

By March 14, 2007

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Effective this month, visitors to Puerto Rico (and everyone else) will be banned from lighting up indoors in the U.S. Commonwealth. Puerto Rico's new indoor-smoking ban covers most indoor public spaces, including bars, restaurants, hotel lobbies and casinos. Violators face fines of up to $250 for a first offense.

Smoking in cars with children under age 13 also is prohibited under what is not only the toughest such law in the Caribbean but perhaps anywhere in the U.S. and its territories. Of course, it remains to be seen how stringently the law is actually enforced and observed...

July 8, 2007 at 2:04 pm
(1) jamie styron says:

i think its stupid to ban tourist from smoking at hotels. will lose lots of touriusm when tourist find out. where are they supposed to smoke when they gete there?

August 17, 2007 at 12:08 am
(2) Debra says:

I agree…At least they should be able to spoke on their damm balconies and maybe they are but I’m having trouble finding one. And, how about the beach?

September 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(3) Mario Rios Pinot says:

I think this law is great. As a non-smoker I do not want a room where someone has just smoked because I do not lung cancer from the left over carcinogenic particles. Also I do not want a smoke smelly room so hotel management will have to spend extra money to clean it up that could get passed on to the non-smokers also. Smokers have rights but si do non-smokers like not being exposed to hatm. Thank you.

March 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm
(4) chris says:

So no vacation there…

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