Poland Bans Smoking In Public Places

by VR Sreeraman on  November 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM General Health News
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Poland on Monday banned smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places, falling into line with a host of other European nations.
 Poland Bans Smoking In Public Places
Poland Bans Smoking In Public Places
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The new anti-tobacco law only allows smokers to light up in bars and restaurants -- and any workplace -- if there are separate, ventilated rooms set aside for them.

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Smoking is banned completely in hospitals and other medical facilities, plus schools and cultural venues such as theatres.

It also applies to sports stadiums -- even open-air ones -- children's playgrounds and transport facilities ranging from railway stations to bus-stops.

Owners of venues who fail to put up signs banning smoking face a fine of 2,000 zloty (500 euros, 693 dollars), while smokers who break the law risk a 500-zloty (125-euro, 173-dollar) penalty.

The average monthly salary in Poland is 3,200 zloty (800 euros, 1,108 dollars).

Some 34 percent of Polish men smoke, and 21 percent of women, according to official data.

Source: AFP
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