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June 26, 2022

Draft law: Smoking ban in public indoor areas

Smoking will only be allowed in bars and special discos.

Smoking might get banned in public indoor areas, except penitentiaries, and smokers might be limited to bars and special discos, Mediafax reports. The Health Committee of the Senate yesterday passed a draft law that prohibits smoking in indoor areas, but adopted an amendment which allows smoking in bars, discos, restaurants and similar units organised exclusively for smokers.

The draft modification of Law 349/2002 on preventing and fighting the effects of tobacco consumption was initiated by PSD Deputy Manuela Mitrea. It will be put on debate in the Senate.

The amendment that allows smoking in bars, discos and restaurants was brought by PDL Senator Tudor Udristoiu, who also proposed prohibiting the access of youth under 18 in these units. The author of the amendment said he is a smoker himself and cannot give up this vice, but smokers must have their own places. During the meeting, Udristoiu smoked an electronic cigarette. Upon the proposal of Senator Ion Vasile, the Committee adopted another amendment which provides that the sums collected as smoking fines will be used for health programmes.

France, India, Ireland and Italy were among the countries that banned smoking in public areas. Scotland enforced the ban in 2006 and the rest of the UK followed in 2007. In January 2011, Spain banned smoking outside hospitals and children’s playgrounds. Recently, New York authorities banned smoking in parks, on beaches, on stadiums and in the large city squares like Herald and Times Square.

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