By Jaylan Boyle, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio's anti-smoking state law 5.517/09, which took effect on the 17th of this month, has survived an eleventh hour challenge from a syndicate of bars and hotels, and appears to have met with overall compliance, with one exception reported.

The law, enacted in August by Rio state governor Sergio Cabral, would see any infraction by bars and restaurants attracting a fine from R$30,000 upwards, depending on a tax assessment that would be carried out.

State Law 5.517/09 goes further than the existing federal legislation . . .

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