BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Brunei recorded 326 offences under the Tobacco Order 2005 from January to June this year.
According to the Health Enforcement Unit, Brunei's Ministry of Health (MoH), 314 people including 18 women were fined for smoking in prohibited places; 11 people were found guilty for smoking by minors; and one person was found to have committed an offence concerning the owning and selling of artificial tobacco products, local daily the Borneo Bulletin reported on Tuesday.
The report said that the Tobacco Order 2005 and its regulations are intended to control smoking and protect the public from being exposed to cigarette smoke.
According to this local law, the first-time offender will be issued a 300 Brunei dollars (220 U.S. dollars) fine. For the second offence and subsequent offences, a fine of 500 Brunei dollars (367 U.S. dollars) will be levied.