8 Oct 2010

American Samoa legislature votes for smoking ban

7:36 am on 8 October 2010

The American Samoa House of Representatives has agreed to changes made by the Senate to a bill that bans smoking in public places.

The proposed ban now goes to the governor for his consideration.

The bill's key supporter and sponsor, Representative Larry Sanitoa, commended the Senate for its foresight and care in assuring that an individual's rights was not affected or violated in efforts to ensure that people live in a smoke-free and healthier environment.

The original bill banned smoking in some private locations, such as private clubs, but the Senate delete these provisions.