Smoking Bans 2007:
-- Hong Kong: Imposes a ban on smoking in all indoor workplaces, as
as restaurants, parks and beaches. However, bars, nightclubs and
parlors are exempt until 2009.
-- Belgium: A new law comes into effect banning smoking in restaurants
other places where food is served, but it is allowed in bars, cafes,
mainly serving drinks. These places must have ventilation installed as
long as they are at least 50 sq meters in area. Belgium had already
smoking in the workplace.
-- Lithuania: Smoking is banned in bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs and
discotheques. Smoking in other public places will be banned from
-- France: Smoking is not allowed in most public places including
hospitals and youth centers. A wider ban on smoking in bars,
and hotels starts in 2008.
- Wales: Becomes the second country in the United Kingdom to ban
in enclosed public spaces.
-- Northern Ireland: Smokers face fines if they light up in pubs,
and other indoor public places after a smoking ban came into force.
-- Portugal: Parliament approves a law banning smoking in almost all
indoor public places.
-- Dubai: A ban on smoking in government buildings, schools and
is the first step in a plan to prohibit smoking throughout the Gulf
trade and tourism hub by the end of 2009.
- Finland and Iceland: Both countries ban smoking in restaurants, cafes
and bars. Estonia starts a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, coffee
shops and nightclubs.
-- England: A smoking ban in public places comes into effect.
-- Australia: A smoking ban takes effect at pubs and clubs in the two
populous states, New South Wales and Victoria.
-- Germany: Lower Saxony and Baden-Wuerttemberg in the west and
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the east become the first states to
smoking in public places. The other 13 have pledged to introduce bans
-- Denmark: Implements a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars, public
transport and private and public workplaces. Exemptions to the law are
small bars (under 40 meters square) and offices that have special
filtration systems installed.
(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; editing by
Andrew Dobbie )