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New law bans smoking in closed public spaces, nicotine in e-cigarettes

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 25-04-2015 17:55:00 · 4 Comments

Portugal's government has approved amendments to the law on tobacco that foresee the prohibition of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine and of smoking in all closed public spaces, according to a statement released after the weekly cabinet meeting. The bill in question transposes two European Union directives.

New law bans smoking in closed public spaces, nicotine in e-cigarettes

 

The government "approved a bill for the protection of citizens from the involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke and for the reduction of demand relating to addiction, as well as for the cessation of its consumption and the reinforcement of the information available to consumers," the statement said.


The bill bans smoking in areas with service in all types of restaurants, cafes and bars, including in concert venues and cinemas, casinos, bingo halls, games rooms and other spaces that host non-artistic shows.


The minister of health, Paulo Macedo, noted that the new bill comes eight years after the current tobacco law took effect.


Among changes to cigarette packaging are the replacement of text warnings with pictures aimed at dissuading people from smoking, and the elimination of "subjective" descriptive words such as "light". Tobacco products with distinctive aromas, such as menthol, are also to be banned.


Until now smoking has been allowed in closed public spaces with the appropriate air extraction systems, as specified under the existing law. A moratorium of five years is foreseen for the application of the new law for establishments that have invested in these systems.

Comments

Wby is smoking allowed indoors in some places
by Dorothy Martin from UK on 20-07-2017 03:22:00
Guess what the public will adapt. You cannot smoke on planes and somehow heavy smokers survive a 14 hour flight just like they survive not smoking in their sleep.
My mother died at 72 due to smoking so get real
by Ian from Lisbon on 30-09-2016 09:34:00
It's about time, smoking it out of control here.
by Scott from Lisbon on 30-04-2015 02:16:00
Then they will see the massive closure of restaurants and cafes, just like in the UK because of lack of business. Good way to get out of recession.
by Pam Law from Lisbon on 28-04-2015 05:38:00

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