The Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea introduced smoking bans in some public places on Wednesday in order to offer citizens a “hygienic living environment,” the state media reported to KCNA on Thursday.
The Tobacco Prohibition Act aims to protect the life and health of North Koreans by tightening legal and social controls on the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, KCNA quoted lawmakers as saying.
The law mandates that smoking be banned in certain places such as political and ideological education centers, theaters and cinemas, and medical and public health facilities, KCNA said.
According to the World Health Organization, North Korea has a high rate of tobacco smoking with 43.9% of male smokers as of 2013.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is known as a chain smoker who is often seen in photos in state media with a cigarette in hand. Kim was spotted having a cigarette break at a train station in the southern Chinese city of Nanning on his way to Hanoi in 2019 for his second summit meeting with US President Donald Trump.
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