Good news about smoke free policies!
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Latest developments regarding Article 8 of the FCTC on smoke free policies in Romania and in the Czech Republic.
We are delighted to share the latest developments regarding Article 8 of the FCTC on smoke free policies in Romania and in the Czech Republic.
Regarding Romania: Yesterday, 15 December 2015, after almost 5 years of negotiations, the smokefree law was finally adopted in Romania. Once the law goes into effect, sometime early next year, the legal provisions will include banning smoking in indoor public spaces, enclosed working spaces, playgrounds for children, in healthcare and education units, as well as in child protection and assistance units. Smoking will still be allowed in designated places, such as international airports and high-security prisons.
Regarding the Czech Republic: It is our understdning that yesterday, the first reading of the smokefree law was passed in the Czech Republic. Second reading should go through soon, setting the basis for improving smokefree legislation within the next three months.
In this context, we would like to congratulate our Romanian partner Asociația Română pentru Promovarea Sănătătii and our Czech partner Česko Bez Kouře for having actively worked to drive this important policy development against important opposition.
It is also great to see that Romania and Czech Republic, which were amongst the countries ranking the lowest on the interactive Smokefree map, are now on a good path towards protecting people from second-hand smoke.
Please stay informed by visiting the SFP smokefree map which will be regularly updated here.