“I want all
people to be healthy and the bylaw is an implementation of the 2009
Health Law,” Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said after attending the
Bali legislative council (DPRD) plenary meeting.
smoking ban in tourism centers, I think tourists will understand.
Instead, it is Bali’s people who often do not understand.”
The bylaw mandates that all tourism destinations or “tourism support
facilities” like hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and discotheques will
It also bans smoking in places of worship,
health facilities, schools, children’s playgrounds and public places
like markets and airports. Public buses will also be smoke-free, as well
all government offices, including police and military offices.
addition to banning smoking in these places, the bylaw also forbids the
sale of cigarettes and tobacco advertisements at these locations.
Breaching this new bylaw carries a maximum sanction of six months imprisonment or a fine of Rp 50 million ($5,450).
bylaw is definitely needed to protect people from the dangers of
smoking,” said Utami Dwi Suryadi, secretary of the bylaw committee. “It
needs to be implemented seriously and strictly. We need to educate
people about the impacts of smoking.”
Bali Health Agency Head
Nyoman Sutedja said that especially for hotels, the government will
assess the implementation of the bylaw.
“The assessment results
will be used to rank [hotel] compliance towards the bylaw,” he said. “So
there will be hotels with blue, yellow or red category ratings. Blue
category means totally free from cigarette smoke.”
his administration would begin informing the public about the new
regulation and educating them about the dangers of smoking.
Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, said officials
might have trouble enforcing the regulation in public facilities like
the DPRD building, where the bylaw was passed on Monday.
time I am invited for a hearing at the DPRD, members smoke in the
meeting room,” he said. “But I don’t think we will have a problem from
Tengara Swara Tama, a manager at the Hard Rock Cafe
in Kuta, said that even before the bylaw was passed, the restaurant had
planned to be smoke-free by next year.