Countries with smoking bans
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 were next to follow suit. Other countries, such as Britain, Portugal and Sweden, have drafted plans to establish similar laws.
Smokefree legislation across Europe : interactive map online
The Albanian government approved a bill of law to ban smoking in public places, such as bars and restaurants in the summer of 2006. The law is intended to lower the number of smokers in the country, which has one of the highest smoking rates in Europe.
The Austrian Tobacco law prohibits smoking buildings that are open to the public and institutions open to children and young people BUT does not include workplaces. Austria plans to pass legislation banning smoking in restaurants by the end of 2007, with separate smoking romms or air conditioning measures.
Since January 2006, Belgium has banned smoking in all enclosed workplaces. Smoking will only be allowed in designated areas. However, employers are not obliged to create such areas.
Since January 2007, Belgium allowed smoking in restaurants in separate rooms where no food was served. Bars and cafés were not yet affected by the ban but were required to provide adequate ventilation and a non-smoking zone to their clients.
In 2010, Bulgaria introduced a smoking ban but it was repealed to finally pass, from the, a law introducing a smoke-free obligation in all enclosed areas.
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From 2009 to 2010, the ban has been partially repealed.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 sqm respecting very strict conditions can choose to allow tobacco consumption.
The protection of Health (smoking) Unified Laws 2002-2004 prohibit smoking in all public places, including places of entertainment (restaurants, bars etc) in all government buildings, public transport and in private cars carrying any passenger under 16. Separate smoking areas that are well ventilated will be introduced at the discretion of individual bar, cafe or restaurant owners.
In April 2007, the Parliament passed an anti-smoking bill ought to limit smoking in restaurants and other public areas. Separate premises in restaurants, cafes and bars will have to be reserved for smokers.
While there is a complete ban of smoking in public transport, Denmark is implementing a partial ban in bars, restaurants and workplaces.