Austria bans smoking in bars and restaurants

epa04698605 An archive picture made available on 10 April 2015 of a package of cigarettes liyng in front of a non-smoking sign at a cafe in Vienna, Austria, 07 January 2015. Austrian restaurants and bars will become smoke-free in 2018, the government announced 10 April 2015 arguing that it was time to bring non-smoking rules in line with the European mainstream. Owing to opposition from restaurant owners, there is only a partial smoking ban in Austria, which allows locales to set aside smoking rooms and includes exemptions for very small venues. EPA/HELMUT FOHRINGER

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Austria banned smoking in bars and restaurants on Friday, bringing the country’s laws into line with most other European nations.

Smokers who break the ban will have to pay €1,000, and owners of establishments who allow patrons to smoke will be fined $2,000 rising to €10,000 if found repeating the offense.

The smoking ban also applies to shishas and E-cigarettes.

The indoor smoking ban came into effect after lawmakers approved the move in July.

Before the new law came into force, Austrians were still able to light up while drinking and eating inside bars and restaurants larger than 50 square meters, and as long as this was in a separate area, although this was not strictly enforced.

The smoking ban will now apply to all such establishments.

 

Via DW

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