On May 10, 2010, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John deJongh Jr. signed a smokefree air law, but expressed concerns and warned legislators that it would need to be revised.
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ban enforcement begins today
ST. CROIX - The V.I. Health Department will begin enforcing the territory's new smoking ban today.
Although the law - which bans smoking in and around almost all businesses and public buildings in the territory, as well as in some outside areas - technically went into effect in November, enforcement was delayed.
The Health Department, which is the lead agency enforcing the law, granted local businesses a three-month extension to come into compliance.
In preparation for enforcement, Health, along with the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, last month conducted public meetings on all three islands about the smoking ban.
The Virgin Islands Smoke-Free Act was signed into law in May and amended during the final session of the 28th Legislature in November ...
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anti-smoking law raises questions
The Virgin Islands Smoke-Free Act went into effect Wednesday, but many people are not sure exactly what the new law spells out for businesses and smokers in the territory.
The law was passed by the V.I. Legislature in April and signed by Gov. John deJongh Jr. on May 10. According to the legislation, the V.I. Health Department had three months to educate the public, the government and the territory's business owners on the requirements of the act before it was implemented.
That was not done.
The smoking ban went into full effect six months from the date it was signed. On Tuesday, Health Commissioner Julia Sheen said the government will not enforce the ban for an additional three months to give businesses time to come into compliance. ...
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ST. CROIX Divi Carina Bay Casino has pre-empted the mandatory smoke-free deadline established by the new V.I. Smoke Free Act and decided to go smoke free full time, according to a statement from the operators.
The casino used to offer Smoke-Free Mondays, but extended that to include every other day of the week on June 1.
Operators believe it is the first casino to actively promote a smoke-free environment prior to being forced to by law, they said.
The governor signed the bill in May, and the law is to go into effect next year. ...
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ST. THOMAS Gov. John deJongh Jr. took action on eight bills
Monday signing five into law and vetoing three.