The Tobacco Order 2005 and its Regulations

Tobacco Order 2005 and its regulations that regulates smoke free places at public areas has been implemented in the country since 11 years ago. The regulation aims to control smoking habit and protect the public from becoming the victim of secondary smoke. Since its implementation, the country's citizens and residents continue to support the regulation by abiding it.

Under Tobacco Order 2005, smoking or vaping is prohibited in all enclosed public places and workplaces, on sidewalks near business premises and within a six-meter radius of smoke free buildings. Smoking is also prohibited on all means of public transport. Outdoor areas of "government premises" and "office premises" are also smoke free. The Health Enforcement Unit, Ministry of Health continue to conduct monitoring operation for offences under Tobacco Act 2005. Immediate actions and fined will be handed over to those who disobey the act.

Since the 1st of June 2008, the Tobacco Order 2005 required the manager and operator of every premises to displayed notices of smoking prohibition. Under chapter 15 of Tobacco Order 2005, he manager of any specified place or the operator of any specified vehicle shall require any person who smokes to cease smoking immediately. Any manager or operator who contravenes or fails to comply is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of 500 dollars for the first and subsequent offences.

The Tobacco Order 2005 underlined places where smoking and vaping are prohibited by law includes specific vehicles such as public transport, any public bus, any private hire bus, school bus and taxi. The Order also highlighted that ashtray are prohibited at the mentioned vehicles. If convicted, a compound fine of $300 will be issued for first-time offenders and $500 for repeat offenders. Under Section 14(2) of the Tobacco Order of 2005, it is an offence to smoke or vape in public areas, 75 offences were recorded in November 2019.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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