2 Feb 2011

Anti smoking rules in American Samoa being flouted by some

4:25 pm on 2 February 2011

Some smokers are ignoring a new smoke free law in American Samoa while using public transport.

The Smoke Free Environment act was passed last year and came into force two weeks ago, prohibiting smoking in enclosed work areas and public spaces.

Public spaces include retail stores, restaurants and hotels as well as buses and taxis.

Our correspondent Fili Sagapolutele says the smoker, bus driver and the owner, would face fines of 50 US dollars each, if caught.

"We're still hearing complaints about people smoking on buses. That's an issue that the government will have to work with the local bus association trying to address it."

Fili Sagapolutele says some people are also still smoking inside taxis..