General Article European smoking bans: evolution of the legislation

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In March 2004, Ireland became the first country in the world to impose an outright ban on smoking in workplaces. Irish legislation makes it an offence to smoke in workplaces, which has the effect of banning smoking in pubs and restaurants.

Following this successful example, Norway and Italy were next to follow suit. Other countries, such as Britain, Portugal and Sweden, have drafted plans to establish similar laws.



In 2008, the Croatian Parliament passed a law making hospitals (except psychiatric services), schools (including universities), and nurseries smoke-free. In 2009, this law has been enforced, expanding the scope of the text to all enclosed public places including bars, restaurants and cafes.

From 2009 to 2010, the ban has been partially repealed. Establishments that are up to 50 square meters respecting very strict conditions can choose to allow tobacco consumption.



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