Bermuda, an overseas territory of the UK, became 100% smokefree on 1 April 2006. The Tobacco Products (Public Health) Amendment Act 2005 prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces including bars, restaurants, private clubs, hotels, and business vehicles. Smoking rooms are not allowed.
Legislation – Tobacco Products (Public Health) Amendment Act 2005
Preparation for smokefree legislation
Much of lobbying of the government and the public for smokefree legislation came from the local advocacy group, Bermuda Advocates for Non-Smoking (BANS). BANS was instrumental in raising awareness, and worked with the media and public health to mobilise support for the ban. Consultations were held with the hospitality industry. A mass media campaign was developed to educate the public. Public meetings were also held. The media was unanimously supportive throughout the campaign. Every article that was published in local newspapers favoured the ban. Public opinion was also supportive, once the government made its long-term plan clear. There was some objection based on the need to protect the rights of smokers. But they were unable to discredit the evidence on the dangers of secondhand smoke. For more information on the campaign visit The Global Smokefree Partnership at www.globalsmokefree.com/gsp/index.php?section=article&id=5&parent=1&artigo=51
Enforcement and compliance
Compliance with the legislation was high in the months following its introduction. In 2007 awareness of the ban increased from 77% before the smokefree campaign to 93% afterwards; exposure to secondhand smoke fell from 47% before the ban to 40% afterwards. Compliance with the legislation continues to be good.
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