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Smoking in cafes inside shopping centres to be restricted

A new law, the Protection of Non-smokers Act, passed by parliament on May 16 will introduce the same rules for restaurant and cafes located inside shopping malls that currently apply to all other cafes and restaurants, meaning that areas for smokers and non-smokers must be divided by a solid wall.

A new law, the Protection of Non-smokers Act, passed by parliament on May 16 will introduce the same rules for restaurant and cafes located inside shopping malls that currently apply to all other cafes and restaurants, meaning that areas for smokers and non-smokers must be divided by a solid wall.

Legislation banning smoking in restaurants, cafes and bars where food is served was adopted in Slovakia in 2010, the TASR newswire wrote. Facilities that only serve beverages and snacks can decide whether or not they are smoking or non-smoking. If the new law is signed by President Ivan Gašparovič, the same rules will apply to shopping centres as of July.

Fines for violations of the law were increased to €500 to €15,000 from the current level of €331 to €3,319. Various opposition MPs tried unsuccessfully to add other changes to the law. Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) came up with most of the proposals. MP Štefan Kuffa, for example, suggested that terminally ill patients in hospices should be allowed to smoke in rooms specially reserved for this purpose.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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