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Smoking ban to be extended to hawker centres, coffeeshops & entertainment outlets


Smoking Ban to be extended to hawker centres, coffeeshops, and entertainment outlets
The National Environment Agency (NEA) will be extending the smoking ban to hawker centers, coffeeshops and entertainment outlets.
The ban at hawker centers and coffeeshops will take effect from 1 July 2006, while the ban at entertainment outlets will start on 1 July 2007.
Results of Public Consultation
Between Jan and Jun 2005, NEA conducted extensive consultations with the public and stakeholders to better understand their concerns and to seek their views on possible mitigating measures.
The results of the consultations showed strong public support for the extension of smoking ban to these places. A similar survey by the Health Promotion Board conducted earlier also showed strong support for the smoking ban.
Extension of Smoking Ban
The smoking ban at coffee shops will come into effect on 1 Jul 06. Smoking will be banned within the indoor refreshment areas (IRA) of coffeeshops. However, coffeeshop operators may designate up to 20% of the seats in their outdoor refreshment area (ORA) as a smoking corner.
Similarly, the smoking ban will be extended to hawker centres from 1 July 2006. 20% of the ORA seats may be set aside as a smoking corner. For those hawker centres that do not have ORA, 10% of the IRA can also be designated as smoking corner. Hawker Associations will decide on whether to provide smoking corners and where they are to be located.
For entertainment outlets, the smoking ban will be implemented on 1 July 2007. Operators of entertainment outlets may set up a designated smoking room, which must be separately ventilated, within their IRA. The area of the smoking room shall be no more than 10% of the IRA. Those with ORA may designate up to 20% of the seats in the ORA for smoking.

Source: Press Release 2 Aug 2005


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