Paraguay bans smoking in all closed public spaces

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayans can no longer legally light up in restaurants, bars and shopping malls.

The new measure bans smoking in all closed spaces where people gather, including private businesses. Establishments that don't comply can be fined by the Health Ministry.

The ministry's anti-smoking czar, Victor San Martin, says the decree from President Fernando Lugo took effect Saturday.