Smoking Laws Worldwide

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Depending on your opinion of the cigarette, smoking is either loved or loathed. For many however it is loathed. It is described as a dirty habit for a reason. Not only because it can leave you with tar stained fingers but also because of the extremely unattractive stench of stale smoke that lingers long after a cigarette is extinguished. Oh, and did I mention the health implications? Cigarettes aren’t called cancer sticks for nothing! You may have noticed I am a loather… but I’m not the only one…


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Due to the extreme health risks, in 2004 Ireland was the first country to side with non-smokers and impose the smoking ban. Pubs and restaurants were no longer places in which smokers could light up. Smoking became a strictly outdoor activity. Over the past eight years numerous countries have followed suit and embraced the regulations of the smoking ban, forcing smokers to go outside. However some countries haven’t, so, where in the world are you not allowed to light up?

Since 2007 Smoking has been banned inside public establishments within the United Kingdom, and after the success of Irelands smoking ban the European Union backed the laws and encouraged numerous countries within Europe to follow suit. Countries such as Germany, France, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, and Spain all impose the ban. However fellow Europeans, the Swiss, have given some leeway on their restrictions. The Swiss allow exemptions on the ban for bars and restaurants, which may allow smoking in separate, ventilated rooms or establishments smaller than 80 metres. So if you’re a non-smoker in Switzerland you may be surprised to see a smoking section, so watch out!


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Over in the ‘new world,’ in the United States of America, Smoking ban restrictions are also rather confused. The United States Congress has not imposed a nationwide federal smoking ban and so you may find that in some states smoking inside is completely legit. However this article is focusing on where you can’t smoke and in the United States of America such non-smoking states include: New York, Florida, Delaware, Connecticut, Colorado and California.

Countries such as The United Arab Emirates have also started imposing the non-smoking ban in public places such as restaurants, their shopping malls and even outside at the beach!


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For the non-smoker, the world is on your side. So many countries have embraced the smoking ban. However there are countries out there that do allow smoking inside, so maybe call ahead if you have your reservations about the restaurant. Especially if you ever find yourself in the Czech Republic where smoking inside is still 100% legit.

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