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January 18, 2022

Constitutional Court to discuss smoking ban law on January 27

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) will discuss, on January 27, the notification that concerns the law that bans indoor smoking in public spaces.

Senators from several parliamentary groups have attacked the draft indoor smoking ban law at the CCR on Monday.

Independent Senator Alfred Laurentiu Mihai stated for Agerpres that in the view of the aforementioned Senators the law separates smokers into two categories: those that can smoke in airports or are put in high-security prisons and those who are not allowed to smoke.

Thus, Alfred Laurentiu Mihai states that the attack is not against a smoking ban law but such a law should respect constitutional provisions.

“It is correct to have an anti-smoking law that would respect the European norms and directives, it is correct to protect non-smokers, there should be no smoking around children. I agree with all that, but I disagree with adopting an unconstitutional law just for the sake of doing so,” the Senator stated.

The draft law bans indoor smoking in public spaces at work, playgrounds, and within healthcare, educational, child protection and childcare institutions. The draft law was adopted by the Lower Chamber on December 15. The Lower Chamber was the decisive Chamber.

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