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‘Prosecute bars for smoking breach’

Bar managers should be liable for prosecution if people are caught smoking inside their premises, according to the chairwoman of the Council on Smoking and Health, Lisa Lau.

Ms Lau made the call on the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the first anti-smoking legislation in Hong Kong.

Since 2007, most public places have been covered. But at the moment, only smokers themselves can be prosecuted.

Ms Lau said this makes it difficult for staff from the Tobacco Control Office – the TCO – to implement the law.

She suggested amending the law to make bar managers liable for prosecution if people light up in their premises.

Ms Lau said if those managing their venues could help stop indoor smoking it could ease the pressure on the Tobacco Control Office.

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