2 Sep 2002

Smoking in public places remains legal in American Samoa

12:28 pm on 2 September 2002

The American Samoa Senate has rejected a Bill that would have banned smoking from the Executive Office Building, the Fono, and all public places including restaurants and buses.

The bill was killed in only its second reading.

The main objections were that the bill would infringe individual rights and that it did not provide any enforcement provisions or penalties.

It was the second time this year that a smoking ban approved by the House of Representatives has been rejected by the Senate.

In the last legislative session a bill to ban smoking in schools was also voted down by Senators.