Brazil bans smoking in public spaces

Brazil bans smoking in public spacesRio De Janeiro, Dec 16 - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has signed a law banning smoking in public spaces.

Smoking in all enclosed public spaces is forbidden in the new law, reported Xinhua.

It also prohibits tobacco advertising such as posters or banners at sale places. Previously the ban was only imposed on TV, radio and billboards advertising.

In addition, the law increases the taxes and establishes minimum prices over the tobacco products to discourage buyers. Cigarettes prices are expected to increase 20 percent in 2012 and 55 percent by 2015.

Health warnings are also required on both sides of cigarette packs to alert consumers about the consequences of their smoking habit.

The law was welcomed by anti-smoking groups.

"In addition to protecting the health of its citizens, Brazil has also set an example for the world," said Matthew Myer, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. (IANS)