“Smoking in public places shall be banned effective from Tuesday 07th October 2014,” it reads
According to the order, the term “Public Places” as defined by the law is used to refer to such a place, including but not limited to a government institution, an airport, a seaport – meaning riverport obviously since South Sudan has no seaport – a hotel, a restaurant, a cinema, a theatre, a football stadium, a public park, a publictransport, and any another place where the public gather in numbers.
The few people Gurtong talked appreciated the move by the minister. A man called John applauded the order, saying it would reduced the pollution of the environment. “You know some people don’t smoke and sometimes, especially in public taxis (Mousalat), others just smoke inside the bus/taxi making non smokers inhaled the smoke passively. It is dangerous of course,” he said.