After Sao Paulo, Belém has followed suit and will impose a smoking ban which aims to be more rigorous than that of the south-eastern city. In Belém, one won’t even be able to smoke at a bus stop, nor on the sidewalk in front of a bar or club. Such measures will be put into effect to help the majority, who according to the local councilman Carlos Augusto, are fumantes passivos (or, secondhand smokers).
Interestingly, a Federal law (9.296) from July of 1996 says it is prohibited to ban smokers from a location and that instead they should be given their own section to smoke away as they please. In Belém, the law still has another 60 days or so during which it is open to alterations.
In the Cafe Cosanostra in the neighborhood of Nazaré, said to be one of the most charming of the city, the clientel who came for cold beer, a good chat and a place to light up, now know they no longer can. Some have said they will just stop frequenting the bar.