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Officials to set their sights on ban-defying smokers

RESTAURANTS on the Expo site have been ordered to stop supplying lighters to their customers.

The city's food and drug administration will be checking to see that they comply.

An increasing number of people have been asking for lighters at the restaurants despite smoking only being allowed at designated sites.

Stricter measures are to be taken to stop people from smoking in non-smoking areas, officials said yesterday.

Security guards at entrances are to conduct more stringent searches for lighters and matches to prevent them being taken onto the site.

At present, there are designated smoking areas with lighting devices for those in need of a cigarette.

The no smoking message will be spelled out on large screens and broadcast over the public address system.

Text messages to Expo visitors will also remind them not to smoke in public areas but go to designated sites instead.

The city's ban on smoking in public areas took effect on March 1 and the Expo site is one of the 12 categories the ban covers. But since the six-month event opened, visitors have been spotted lighting up away from the designated sites.

Expo officials are considering setting up extra smoking sites.

News of the stricter drive against smoking came on the eve of today's World No Tobacco Day.


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