The Ministerio de Salud is taking the new anti-tobacco law seriously. Officials there said that since Oct. 18, health workers have conducted 2,255 inspections to encourage compliance with the new law.
More than 100 ministry workers are involved.
The new law prohibits smoking in most places
frequented by the public. This is why lately there are groups of smokers gathered at the front door of various establishments. The burden is on the operators of such establishments to enforce the law.
The ministry said that 30 complaints were filed and that these cases were in the process of resolution.
For the most part, the inspections are educational to alert operators of stores and other public establishments as to the requirements of the new law.