The city of Busan has announced that it will expand the non-smoking areas near crosswalks starting today.
The government will expand up to 5 meters near crosswalks as non-smoking areas and impose a fine of 20,000 won on those who violate it.
The city plans to launch a full-fledged crackdown from April next year after a five-month grace period from next month until the end of March next year.
Non-smoking areas will also be newly established or relocated, including 11,600 crosswalks currently installed.
The city explained that the expansion of non-smoking areas has been promoted to frequent civil complaints over smoking around crosswalks.
In March, Busan City Council handled a revision to the ordinance that included designating crosswalks as non-smoking areas.
Prior to this, Busan Metropolitan Government designated areas within 10 meters of the city’s railroad entrance and bus stops as non-smoking areas.