by Ivo Henfling
You cannot smoke in public places in Costa Rica. If you are a smoker, you are only allowed to smoke in your own private home or on the public street. Costa Rica congress promoted a ban on smoking in February 2012 that was signed on March 22nd, 2012 by Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla.
Malls, shopping centers, restaurants, bars, casinos and every public place you go, you need to walk to the public road to have a smoke. This law prohibits smoking in public places as well as any advertising by the tobacco companies. The tobacco companies now also have to put preventive warning on the cigarette packages, which they have been doing in most countries in the world for a long time.