Belgium Bans Smoking in Cafes, Casinos

by Sheela Philomena on  March 17, 2011 at 10:16 AM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
Belgium's top court expands the country's smoking ban in all cafes and casinos.
 Belgium Bans Smoking in Cafes, Casinos
Belgium Bans Smoking in Cafes, Casinos

Smoking has been banned in work places, restaurants and pubs that serve food since 2009, while temporary exemptions had been granted to casinos and cafes that only serve snacks such as crisps and peanuts.

The law had called for the exemptions to end sometime between January 1, 2012 and January 1, 2014, but the Flemish Anti-Cancer League asked Belgium's constitutional court to strike them down. Smoking ban law effective from July 1.

The court decided to lift the exemptions but gave establishments until June 30 to "adapt to the general smoking ban."

The judges ruled that the government failed to prove that pubs would be harmed by a general smoking ban, saying that drawing distinctions between establishments was actually harmful to competition.

The court also stated that the protection of the health of employees and non-smokers should apply to casinos even though they serve a "specific" clientele.

Smokers will still find a corner to light up: Special smoking rooms equipped with air vents in restaurants and other public buildings are still permitted since smokers are not supposed to use them, the judges said.

Source: AFP

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It's good that the Belgian government has banned smoking on public places. How I wish this would happen to my country, too. Banning smoking in public lowers the incidence of second hand smoking.
ennairam_23 Friday, March 18, 2011

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