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American Samoa

On October 21, 2010, Governor Togiola Tulafono signed the American Samoa Smoke Free Environment Act into law, which will bring smokefree air to American Samoa's restaurants and bars, as well as many other workplaces, in January 2011.

In fall of 2009, Governor Tulafono, a smokefree champion, formally asked legislative leaders to introduce strong smokefree legislation, based on ANR's model language. In 2008, Governor Tulafono had vetoed a measure that had been approved by the Fono, due to exemptions in the proposed law that would have permitted designated smoking areas.

 

Smokefree News

Calls for ban of alcohol and cigarettes in American Samoa
Radio New Zealand - November 3, 2013

The secretary of Samoan Affairs in American Samoa, Satele Galu Satele, has called for legislation banning the importation of alcohol and cigarettes as a way to fight the non communicable diseases crisis.

Anti smoking rules in American Samoa being flouted by some
Radio New Zealand International - February 2, 2011

Some smokers are ignoring a new smoke free law in American Samoa while using public transport. The Smoke Free Environment act was passed last year and February 2, 2011

New smoking ban in American Samoa policed
Radio New Zealand International - January 20, 2011

Officers from American Samoa's Department of Safety and Department of Health are out enforcing a new smoking ban in all enclosed areas, both public and ...

American Samoa business prepared for smoking restrictions
Radio New Zealand International - January 20, 2011

Many businesses in American Samoa say they prepared early for the new smoke free law which has come into force today. Governor Togiola Tulafono signed the ...

American Samoa public smoking ban to come into force
Radio New Zealand International - January 19, 2011

American Samoa’s new legislation to ban smoking in public places comes into effect tomorrow.

Governor Togiola Tulafono signed the Smoke Free Environment Act in October 2010 and a provision of the measure called for a 90-day grace period before the law takes effect.

The new law states that smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas of public places as well as in enclosed areas within places of employment.

Public places include not only government areas but also private commercial areas used by the public, such as buses, taxis, retail stores, restaurants and hotels. ...

American Samoa prepares for smoking restrictions
Radio New Zealand International - January 19, 2011

American Samoa’s Department of Health has been running public awareness programmes before the new smoking law takes effect this week.

The new law states that smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas of public places as well as in enclosed areas within places of employment.

The department’s programme manager, Dottie Siavii, says the agency has been working hard to educate people, especially smokers, about the new law which was signed last October. ...

King, B.A.; Dube, S.R.; Ko, J.Y., "Secondhand smoke concentrations in hospitality venues in the Pacific Basin: findings from American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam," Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 12(11): 2881-2885, 2011.

This air quality study conducted in American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) bars and restaurants found that particulate matter (PM2) concentrations where smoking is permitted [arithmetic mean (AM)=299.98 µg/m3; geometric mean (GM)=200.39 µg/m3] was significantly higher (p<0.001) than smoke-free venues [AM=8.33 µg/m3; GM=6.14 µg/m3]. In venues where smoking was permitted during certain hours, the average level of of PM2 outside of these hours was significantly higher [AM=42.10 µg/m3; GM=41.87 µg/m3] than smokefree venues. The researchers urged for smokefree venues.

Governor Togiola Signs American Samoa Smoke Free Environment Act
American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition, October 22, 2010

Press release - Gov. Togiola Tulafono signed into law yesterday a Fono bill that bans smoking in public places — such as taxis and buses — and private locations that are open to the public, such as restaurants and bars.The official signing of the measure was reps from groups targeting the prevention of smoking.

The American Samoa Smoke Free Environment Act, which goes into affect 90-days after the governor’s approval, was described by Togiola as a “landmark” bill.

“Today is a day where we join the movement of Smoke Free cities, states and countries by signing the act into law,” the Governor said.

“This is a landmark piece of legislation that provides protection of residents from the exposure of second hand smoke, which causes an estimated 46,000 deaths from heart diseases and 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults within the United States,” he said. ...

American Samoa legislature votes for smoking ban
Radio New Zealand International - October 7, 2010

The American Samoa House of Representatives has agreed to changes made by the Senate to a bill that bans smoking in public places.

The proposed ban now goes to the governor for his consideration.

The bill’s key supporter and sponsor, Representative Larry Sanitoa, commended the Senate for its foresight and care in assuring that an individual’s rights was not affected or violated in efforts to ensure that people live in a smoke-free and healthier environment ...

American Samoa closer to passing anti-smoking laws
Radio New Zealand International - September 27, 2010

A bill that would ban smoking in public, and some private, enclosed places in American Samoa has moved a step closer.

The American Samoa Smoke Free Environment bill has now been approved by the Senate.

The bill would ban smoking in all government and commercial places of employment, bars, restaurants, buses and taxis.

One of the changes approved by the Senate is to remove private clubs from the ban.

American Samoa House votes for smoking restrictions
Radio New Zealand International - April 1, 2010

American Samoa’s House of Representatives has approved a bill banning smoking in enclosed public places.

The ban applies to buses and taxis and it spells out what’s considered a restaurant and an enclosed area.

Smoking will also not be allowed in any workplaces.

Violations lead to fines of 50 US dollars for individuals for a first offence and double that for the owners of public places.

Subsequent offences are to attract higher fines.

The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

Smoking ban planned in American Samoa
Radio New Zealand International - March 8, 2010

Smoking will be banned in workplaces, buses and taxis, restaurants and all public places in American Samoa under planned new legislation.

A person who smokes in a no smoking zone would be subject to a fifty US dollar fine.

The owner or manager of a public place or place of employment who fails to comply with the no smoking law would be fined 100 dollars for a first violation and 200 for each addiitonal violation within one year.

The legislation also provides that a person or business operator who repeatedly violates the proposed law could have any government issued licences revoked.

Governor Togiola moves forward with Smoke Free Environment Act
American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition, September 14, 2009

Press Release By Fili Sagapolutele - Gov. Togiola Tulafono this week transmitted to the Fono the American Samoa Smoke Free Environment Act, that if enacted into law, will ban smoking in all public places, including enclosed places such as bars and restaurants, and places of employment.

A similar measure was approved by the Fono last year but was vetoed by the Governor, who said at the time that while he is a proponent of smoke-free living, he disagreed with provisions of the measure which allowed smoking in designated areas of public places such as bars and restaurants, where second hand smoke occurs.

Under the new proposal, which was made in consultation with the Department of Health, smoking is banned in all such places and signs will be required to clearly state smoking is prohibited.

In his letter to the Fono leadership, the governor noted the World Health Organization 2004 “STEPS Report of Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors in American Samoa”, a survey which states that 39.4% of the study population were smokers and 29.9% were daily smokers.

Additionally, in the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results for American Samoa, 57% of teenage youth have tried cigarette smoking. ...

The bill prohibits smoking in all enclosed areas of public places and the measure outlines public places (including buses and taxis) and spells out what is considered a restaurant.

A public place does not include a private residence, unless such residence is used as a licensed day care center, the bill says.

Smoking is also prohibited in all enclosed places of employment without exception. This includes common work areas, which are listed, and includes vehicles.

According to the bill, owners and operators of all enclosed public places must post visible signs banning smoking. This is also the same for places of employment.

A person is fined $50 for violation of the ban. The owner of a public place or company who fails to comply with the law will be fined $100 for the first violation and $200 for each additional violation within one year.

In addition, the business license for the owner could be suspended or revoked. ...