Guam ban on smoking in bars to become law in 2017

Guam ban on smoking in bars to become law in 2017

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Smoking in bars will be prohibited in Guam next year under a measure that expands provisions to the island's anti-smoking law.

The Pacific Daily News reports that the Legislature voted last month in favor of expanding the Natasha Smoking Act to include bars in the list of establishments where indoor smoking is prohibited. The new provision takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.

The legislation lapsed into law without Gov. Eddie Calvo's signature. A spokesman for the governor's office, Oyaol Ngirairikl, says Calvo has supported efforts to reduce smoking rates on Guam, but is concerned about the "invasion" of government in the private lives of citizens.

Other provisions included in the bill are aimed at increasing training for those who enforce smoking prohibitions.

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