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November 18, 2019

A number of 33 Senators file challenge to law on smoking ban with the Constitutional Court

Senators of several parliamentary groups on Monday initiated a challenge filed with the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) to the law providing the ban of smoking in indoor public spaces, independent Senator Alfred Laurentiu Mihai told Agerpres.

“We challenged the law which is now pending President Iohannis’ promulgation on smoking ban in indoor public spaces. The law presents several unconstitutionality issues in its formulation. It leaves to be understood that smoking is forbidden also in indoor private spaces, for instance that you cannot smoke at home, which is unconstitutional,” Alfred Laurentiu Mihai said.

The Senator pointed out that the demarche with the CCR is also supported by other 32 senators.

He added that the challenge with the CCR is not directed against a law banning smoking, but that such a normative act should observe the constitutional provisions.

The draft law providing the smoking ban in indoor public spaces, indoor work spaces, children playgrounds, medical, education and child protection and assistance units was adopted on December 15 in a plenary sitting of the Deputies’ Chamber, a decision-making body in this case. The bill was adopted by 164 votes in favour, 20 against and 26 abstentions.

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