Continue work on improving its public safety and health record, heavy-smoking Vietnam will ban smoking at indoor public places starting January 1. Cigarettes will be banned in classrooms, healthcare facilities, libraries, theaters, cultural centers, and indoor workplaces.
Also, higher taxes will be imposed to make the products more expensive, and only authorized retail outlets will be allowed to sell the products after 2010. Currently, tobacco sales to people under 18 are prohibited as well as sales via the internet, telephone, or machines.
In recent years, Vietnam has had considerable success in imposing new safety rules on its entire population, the most dramatic example being a recent helmet law for motorbike drivers and riders that was, literally, an overnight success.
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