Cigarette ads banned in Bali schools

Cigarette advertising in schools will be banned in Bali from early next year, but tobacco companies will still be allowed to sponsor school activities.

Bali’s local government has passed a law making it illegal to smoke in a number of public areas across the Indonesian resort island.

bali Green School

Green School located on Bali

It has singled out temples, transport facilities and health clinics among others.

The new rules, which are expected to come into force early next year, mean that smoking, selling cigarettes and advertising tobacco at schools will also be banned.

But local parliamentarian, Nyoman Parta, says the rules will not stop tobacco companies from sponsoring school activities like sports.

“We even suggest they give more sponsorship,” he said.

Councillor Parta says sponsorship and tobacco advertising are two different issues.

He says he is confident the bans will support tourism in Bali.

“It will support tourism in Bali. I am very optimistic that once this bylaw is implemented more wealthy people would come to Bali,” he said.

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