City of Busan to Expand Non-Smoking Areas From Today

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.

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