Smoking in indoor public places will be banned in Barbados, effective Oct. 1. The ruling applies to bars, restaurants, shops and hotels.

Individuals caught smoking in public places will be liable for a fine of up to $250, 12 months in prison, or both. Proprietors who permit smoking or fail to post no-smoking signs can be fined up to $2,500 and face jail time.

Creating special indoor areas for smoking also is against the law.

The issue of designated outdoor smoking areas is expected to be addressed during a public-education program leading up to the ban.

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