Seoul to Prohibit Smoking in One-Fifth of City by 2014

Non-smoking areas will account for one-fifth of the entire Seoul area by 2014.

The Seoul Metropolitan government announced its plans Friday to gradually increase the number of no-smoking zones in the city, starting with subway transfer stations and bus stops next month. From March 2012, people caught lighting up in those areas will be fined.

At present, smoking is banned in major parks and plazas under the direct jurisdiction of the city government.

However, the city hopes to outlaw the habit in more public outdoor areas including nearly 2,000 parks and over 1,300 school zones by 2014.

Arirang News / Nov. 07, 2011 09:57 KST