Cigar Aficionado

Honduras Ban Takes Aim at Home Smokers

The new smoking ban that took effect Monday in Honduras not only prohibits smoking in most public places, but also allows individuals to report smokers who light up inside homes to police.

According to an Associated Press report, a clause included in the smoking ban states that "families or individuals may complain to law enforcement authorities when smokers expose them to secondhand smoke in private places and family homes."

The story says first-time offenders are to receive a verbal warning while repeat violators of the ban will be arrested. If arrested, repeat offenders will be forced to pay a $311 fine, an amount equal to a one month salary based on Honduras' minimum wage.

In addition, the ban makes it illegal to smoke in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and stadiums, and also calls for tobacco companies to add a photo warning label to cigarette packs.

"This is a joke, I was in Danli a year ago at Nestor's plant and at that time it was illegal to smoke and drive....we all smoked and was not enforced. It just sets an awful precedent. " —March 3, 2011 11:29 AM
"Hey what does that mean for the industry? Maybe not much considering it all gets exported anyway " —February 25, 2011 12:44 PM
"Ding, Ding Bloomy where are you? Please save us!" —February 25, 2011 02:03 AM
"I just looked it up....The murder rate in Honduras over the past year is reportedly 66.8 homicides per 100,000 (and that it what they report). They are catching up to Mexico, but they have time to worry about you smoking in your house." —February 24, 2011 23:39 PM
"Wow! This is terrible. I hope New York City Mayor Bloomberg doesn't read this, it may give him some ideas. Honduras is now the sixth borough." —February 24, 2011 19:19 PM