On October 1, 2010 a no smoking law for Barbados was made effective, where locals and visitors alike stand to be prosecuted if found smoking in public areas. The new legislation was designed to protect vulnerable individuals and groups from the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke.
The definition of a public place includes a building, place, structure, or facility that is owned or occupied by the Crown or a statutory board; a place, site, buliding, factory, plant, workplace or other structure that is fully or substantially enclosed; and a hotel lobby, hotel room, restaurant, library, museum, auditorium, historic or other site of archaeological or national significance.
Violation of this law is subject to a fine, imprisonment or both.
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