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In four years of the Anti-Smoking Law Paulo, nearly one million inspections led to 2,345 fines

 
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Customers in bar Paulo discuss the Anti-Smoking Law. Purpose of the law is to combat passive smoking, third leading cause of preventable death according to WHO
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Customers in bar Paulo discuss the Anti-Smoking Law. Purpose of the law is to combat passive smoking, third leading cause of preventable death according to WHO

In four years of the Anti-Smoking Law Paulo, nearly one million inspections led to 2,345 fines statewide. It is pointing survey of the State Department of Health The index determines which law enforcement environments healthy and smoke-free was 99.75% among all surveyed establishments.

The Santos is the region that leads the violation of the law. Since August 7, 2009 were applied 313 fines, which represents 0.58% of the total 53,513 businesses visited. The surveys are conducted by agents of the State Sanitary Surveillance and Procon-SP.

In the Alto Tietê, deputy leader in defiance of law Paulista, 110 fines were or 0.49% of the 22,614 inspections. The city of Mogi das Cruzes had two establishments banned for 48 hours a recurrence.

In third place was the state capital, with 0.41% of noncompliance with the law. 716 assessments were between 173 352 places surveyed. In the north, a brewery received the maximum penalty provided for and was closed last year for 30 days after fiscal caught him by four times the site allowing the presence of people smoking.

The regions of the state with the lowest levels of lawlessness were Osasco (0.03%), São João da Boa Vista (0.05%) and Presidente Prudente (0.07%).

The purpose of the Anti-Smoking Law is tackle passive smoking, the third leading cause of preventable death according to WHO (World Health Organization), preventing people from being exposed to toxic fumes of tobacco, which can cause diseases such as cancer and emphysema.

Bars, cafes and restaurants accounted for 60% of the fines imposed in those four years. Markets, supermarkets and hypermarkets accounted for 5% of the total, while clubs and parties accounted for 4%, the same rate of bakeries. Hotels, caterers and condominiums each represented 1% of the assessments.

The success of the law is reflected in low rates of noncompliance in all regions of the state and the changing habits of the population. Today people are astonished even if someone lights a cigarette in a club or bar. São Paulo gave the example that it is possible to maintain smoke-free environments, says Maria Cristina Megid, director of the State Sanitary Surveillance.

According to her, the share of the population has also been extremely important to the success of the law: about 20% of fines are related to complaints made by portalwww.leiantifumo.sp.gov.br or by phone 0800-771-3541.

The fine for violation of the Anti-Smoking Law is from R $ 968.50 for the first offense, doubling in case of recurrence. The third time, the establishment is forbidden for 48 hours, and in the fourth, closing it for 30 days.

Source: SP NOTICIAS
   Palavras-chave:   Smokefree law    Smokefree law São Paulo    Smoke-free environments    Tobacco    Smoking    Health   
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