LIMA – Peru has banned smoking in all public buildings and in the workplace, according to a decree published Saturday in the official gazette.
The executive order, which was signed Friday night by President Alan Garcia, toughens previous restrictions on smokers and modifies eight regulations of the preceding law on tobacco, increasing penalties for offenders.
Selling tobacco to minors or not observing the ban on smoking in the workplace could lead to cancellation of a commercial license or the closure of an establishment, as well as having to pay a fine.
Public facilities from now on must display posters that say “Environment 100-percent free of tobacco smoke” and “Smoking in public places is forbidden.”
By banning tobacco in the workplace, both for paid employees and volunteers, the new decree considers that this also includes work vehicles (such as passenger transport) and all existing spaces in the workplace, including cafeterias, corridors, elevators, lobbies and dining rooms.