11 Oct 2010

Bill to ban smoking in American Samoa before Governor

4:38 am on 11 October 2010

A bill to ban smoking in public places in American Samoa is before the Governor for his consideration.

The House of Representatives has agreed to changes made by the Senate to the bill.

Although there is a lot of support for the bill from the public and businesses, it's not known whether the Governor, Togiola Tulafono, will approve it.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Fili Sagapolutele says if it's passed, people will only be able to smoke on private premises.

"The House has decided to just go with what the Senate has done and the major issue that the Senate did not like is any specific control over private areas, private companies, private employment agencies, or just the private sector itself. Because one provision of the bill was to bar smoking inside private clubs and the senators believe that that's not appropriate."

Fili Sagapolutele says the Governor has up to three months to consider the bill.