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2017-08-08 09:58

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San Juan -  The US territory of Puerto Rico has made it a crime to smoke inside a vehicle if one of the passengers is younger than 18.

The island's Health Department said Sunday (August 6) that violators will face a $250 penalty. Officials said 10% of money collected from those fines will go to the pediatric center at Puerto Rico's largest public hospital.

The island banned smoking in all public and certain private places in 1993.


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In South Africa, according Section 2(1)(a)(iii) of the Tobacco Products Control Act, 1993, as amended prescribes that: “No person may smoke any tobacco product in any motor vehicle when a child under the age of 12 years is present in that vehicle”.

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