Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No-Smoking zone within 150 feet of FSM Government facilities: PL 18-69

FSMIS (June 24, 2014): Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori signed into law on June 20th a legislation that prohibits smoking within 150 feet of all facilities owned by the FSM National Government.

Part of the new law reads, "smoking of tobacco products shall be prohibited on boats, ships, on other sea-faring vessels owned or leased by the National Government except in designated areas".

In his signing message, President Mori pointed out that the intention of the law is good, but there may by difficulties implementing it due to the 150 feet requirement.

The President stated, "many of our rented public buildings are built closely to sidewalks or roadways that lie within 150 feet". He also pointed out that some private rental places are closely next to public rental places. These situations pose a problem regarding the 150 feet distance.

"While I am signing this Act because of its obvious public health benefits, it is my hope that Congress will provide some guidance on its expectations of enforcement given the above issues."

This new law is the latest amendment to Title 41 of the Code of the FSM on Public Health, Safety and Welfare.

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