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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (August 31, 2002 – Radio New Zealand International)---The American Samoa Senate has rejected a House of Representatives bill that would have banned smoking from the Executive Office Building, the Fono (legislature), and all public places, including restaurants and buses.

In rejecting the ban, legislators said that the bill would infringe on individual rights and did not provide enforcement provisions or penalties.

It was the second time this year that a smoking ban approved by the House has been rejected by the Senate.

In the last legislative session, a bill to ban smoking in schools was also voted down by Senators.

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