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Ministry prepares stricter anti-smoking measures

ČTK |
22 June 2012

Prague, June 21 (CTK) - The Czech Health Ministry is preparing a stricter anti-smoking legislation under which restaurants must have a special separate room for smokers or ban smoking completely, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) reports Thursday.

Moreover, fines for the violations of the ban on smoking would rise, MfD says.

The Health Ministry expects the government to support the anti-smoking bill, the paper adds.

According to the legislation, restaurants would have to provide two absolutely separate rooms for smokers and non-smokers.

"Smoking on summer terraces and in gardens will not be restricted if they are not roofed," Martin Plisek (TOP 09), deputy health minister for legislation, told the paper.

The ministry also proposes that sanctions for violating the anti-smoking rules tighten.

Under the new bill, a person violating the ban on smoking would face a fine of 5000 crowns, compared to only 1000 crowns at present.

"The bill will also newly introduce a complete ban on smoking in the areas designated for childcare," Plisek added.

The new bill on protection from damage caused by addictive substances is to be commented on in the summer and the centre-right government will debate it after the summer holiday.

Two alternatives are to be assessed.

Chamber of Deputies health committee head Boris Stastny (senior ruling Civic Democrats, ODS), who helps prepare the bill, even demands that smoking be absolutely banned in all restaurants without any exceptions, MfD writes.

Under the current law, Czech restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars must place stickers at their entrances to clearly show whether they are smoke-free or not. Moreover, they should have separate areas for smokers and non-smokers.

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