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S. KOREA REINFORCES ITS ANTI-SMOKING LAW

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South Korea, struggling to halt growing domestic cigarette consumption, enacted a tougher anti-smoking law Friday by reinforcing existing regulations and expanding no-smoking areas.

A health ministry spokesman said smoking would be banned from underground shopping areas, domestic flights, public transport, subway and railway stations, medical centers and other major public facilities.The law also stipulates nonsmoking areas should be set up in office buildings with floor space of 32,000 square feet or more as well as in tourist accommodations and large-scale theaters, the spokesman said.

Those violating the new rules will be liable for fines of up to $39.