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March 22, 2012



There's no statewide ban in the USA. Smoking is restricted in certain public places, government buildings, childcare centers and health facilities, but restaurant owners can designate their spot a smoking facility or not.

California's landmark statewide smokefree law protects millions of Californians from secondhand smoke exposure. In January 1995, many of California's enclosed public places and workplaces went smokefree, and restaurants and bars went 100% smokefree in January 1998.


Smoking is harmful to health, we took a second-hand smoke, for our more harmful. I often see some people smoking in public, this problem still exists. I hate that.

Lakis Ioannou

I am a non smoker and was very glad about the smoking ban. Although the law has been implemented in most public places, it's completely ignored in clubs, music halls and many restaurants. What annoys me is that many restaurant owners have even replaced ashtrays with glasses of water and no one seems to be doing anything about it! So yes, I agree that amendments should be made.


Greece has imposed a nationwide smoking ban in all enclosed public places and private workplaces since september 2010. The ban has been completely ignored especially in restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes. Considering the severe financial crisis in Greec, the owners would rather risk paying a fine of € 1,300(if and when they are caught) rather than lose customers. In a democratic country, there are no ghettos, all citizens should have the same rights. Smokers are certainly not second-rate citizens. I also believe that non-smokers and children should be protected from second-hand smoking. The ideal solution would be to give restaurant owners the freedom to decide whether or not they'd include a smoking area in their business.

Constantinos T

Anastasia, I couldn't agree more with you. I do hope that you will reconsider and give up smoking completely. Smoking is definitely the worst habit a person can have since it seriously affects the health of others. I believe that the law needs to be amended both in Greece and Cyprus. It's as simple as that: sales of tobacco products should be banned.

Constantinos T

Christina, in many countries, smoking is banned in parks and public gardens - not just in enclosed public places!In a democratic country, everyone should have the right to breathe fresh air!

Lisa A

From 10 January 2005 the Italian government banned smoking in all indoor public places. A study here showed that heart attacks were went down and the 14 million Italians smokers were accept the law with no problem. The restaurant and club business were maybe affect by the crisis but not by the smoke ban. Also, the sales of cigarettes were gone down by 10%. I feel happy to live and work in a smokefree Italy. I hope the same happen in Cipro too.


Smoking is banned inside all airports, government offices, health clinics and workplaces in Australia. Restaurants and shopping centres in most states and territories are also smoke-free zones.
In Sydney, smoking is also banned on the world famous beaches of Manly and Bondi, among others.
In 2007 the city of Fremantle went a step further and banned smoking in all outside dining areas. Perth followed suit in August 2008 and it is expected that eventually all states will ban smoking in outside dining areas.

Haruko N

In Japan, we use hi-tech ventilators in all smoking public areas. In most public places including hospitals, there are smoking and non-smoking areas. And everyone is happy. I have never smoked but I can't figure out why full smoking ban is necessary. I don't like extremes, that's all. Many things in life are harmful - like gambling which affects in many cases the life of a whole family. But no one has ever thought of a gambling ban! I believe that all citizens on Earth should have rights and feel free.


I hope so too!
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Although I smoke occasionally, I am for the full smoking ban in Cyprus. I think some amendments should be made in order to provide full protection to children and non smokers as many smokers ignore the ban.

Jean-Paul Bouvier

Qu'ils soient fumeurs ou non, les clients des cafés ont une opinion positive de l'interdiction de la cigarette.
Qu'ils soient d'un côté ou de l'autre du comptoir, les Français approuvent l'interdiction de fumer dans les cafés et tous les endroits publics, en vigueur depuis Janvier 2008. Les patrons de bars sont, eux aussi, globalement satisfaits (65 %). La loi est en effet jugée bénéfique pour la santé du personnel et a amélioré l'odeur et la propreté dans les établissements. Elle s'est par ailleurs appliquée facilement et est très bien respectée malgré quelques réactions.

En plus la vente du tabac n'est permise qu'aux bureaux de tabac. Seuls 1% des cafés et restaurants ont investi dans la création d'un fumoir clos et ventilé. Nombreux sont ceux qui ont préféré aménager leur terrasse en installant des bâches, des stores et des parasols chauffants.


Banning smoking in open-air public places is to me going to extremes and certainly exercising anti-democratic policies. Sure, everyone should have the right to breathe fresh air and I don't see why completely separate smoking and non-smoking areas are a problem! The essence of democracy says that every single person has the freedom to choose their life or death.

Jafar Kapur.

India has imposed a new ban on smoking in public spaces in October 2008, four years after a largely ignored earlier prohibition saw people continue to puff away in restaurants, clubs and bars. One in three Indians smokes some form of tobacco and a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2008 said one in every 10 deaths in India from 2010 would be smoking-related.
The government has made smoking a top issue, with Hollywood stars urged by the health minister to stub out their cigarettes, on-screen smoking forbidden and health workers telephoning residents in the capital offering help to quit. But the drive against smoking in public foundered. The problem was public spaces are a huge sphere, but there was no onus on the person in charge of the public place to implement the law!.


On July 1st 2007, England introduced a new law to make virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England smokefree. A smokefree England ensures a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from second-hand smoke.
Smoking in all indoor public places is banned. Many places - such as cinemas and public transport - have rarely permitted smoking in recent years, and now places like pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and private members' clubs will not be able to permit customers to smoke insideYou also can't smoke in offices or any workplace; except if you work by yourself. You can't smoke in a company vehicle that is used by several people; even if they are not in it at the time.

You're still allowed to light up outdoors, in the home or places considered to be 'homes', such as prisons, care homes and hotels which provide smoking rooms as well as in some bars with smoking facilities . You can also smoke in your own car, or a company vehicle that you alone drive. However, you could be prosecuted if you are caught smoking whilst driving for failing to have proper control of your vehicle.


In November 2006 the citizens of Arizona made their voices heard by passing the Smoke-Free Arizona Act A.R.S. This landmark statute prohibits smoking in most enclosed public places and places of employment.

Katie White

In January 2006, theWashington D.C. Council gave final approval to a broad ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places, voting 11 to 1 to add the nation's capital to a growing list of smoke-free cities and states. I don't smoke but I believe in the freedom to choose.


Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from diseases caused by smoking cigarettes - Smoking KILLS. One in two lifetime smokers will die from their habit. Half of these deaths will occur in middle age. Tobacco smoke also contributes to a number of cancers. The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, straining your heart and blood vessels. This can cause heart attacks and stroke. It slows your blood flow, cutting off oxygen to your feet and hands. Some smokers end up having their limbs amputated. Tar coats your lungs like soot in a chimney and causes cancer. A 20-a-day smoker breathes in up to a full cup (210 g) of tar in a year. Changing to low-tar cigarettes does not help because smokers usually take deeper puffs and hold the smoke in for longer, dragging the tar deeper into their lungs. Carbon monoxide robs your muscles, brain and body tissue of oxygen, making your whole body and especially your heart work harder. Over time, your airways swell up and let less air into your lungs. Smoking causes disease and is a slow way to die. The strain of smoking effects on the body often causes years of suffering. Emphysema for example is an illness that slowly rots your lungs. People with emphysema often get bronchitis again and again, and suffer lung and heart failure. Lung cancer from smoking is caused by the tar in tobacco smoke. Men who smoke are ten times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers. Heart disease and strokes are also more common among smokers than non-smokers. Smoking causes fat deposits to narrow and block blood vessels which leads to heart attack. Smoking causes around one in five deaths from heart disease. In younger people, three out of four deaths from heart disease are due to smoking Cigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight, prematurity, spontaneous abortion, and perinatal mortality in humans, which has been referred to as the fetal tobacco syndrome.

There are many dangers of smoking to the body, to the immediate family, to the society, to the environment and to the economy. More than 700 chemical additives are found in cigarettes. Some of them are classified as toxic and are not allowed in food.Once lit, a cigarette reaches a temperature of nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This high heat helps release thousands of chemical compounds, including poisons like carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, at least 43 carcinogens, and numerous mutagens. All of these are drawn into the body when a smoker inhales.

One of the main dangers of smoking is due to Nicotine. Nicotine is found naturally in tobacco. It has no odor and no color. It is, however, both physically and psychologically addictive, and it causes those who use it to want to smoke one cigarette after another.Nicotine enters the body as tiny droplets resting on particles of tar in cigarette smoke. Inhaled into the lungs, the drug passes quickly into the bloodstream, reaching the brain within about 10 seconds. In another 5 to 10 seconds the nicotine has spread to all parts of the body.The nicotine raises both the heart rate and blood pressure. The smoker quickly feels more alert and relaxed. In less than 30 minutes, however, about half of the nicotine has left the bloodstream, and the smoker starts feeling less alert, more edgy.So he or she reaches for another cigarette to get a new “hit” of nicotine. Over time, the smoker starts needing more cigarettes throughout the day to satisfy the craving.
There are other dangers of smoking as well. The tar from tobacco smoke starts to accumulate on the bronchial tubes leading to the lungs. The hot smoke burns the tiny hairlike projections (called cilia) that trap harmful particles before they enter the lungs.

One more of the dangers of smoking are Carbon monoxide. Smoking also increases the level of carbon monoxide in the lungs. This poisonous gas is quickly absorbed into the blood, reducing its capacity to carry oxygen.
As a result, the smoker has to exert more physical effort to attain a given task than does a nonsmoker. The heart in particular must work harder, particularly during rigorous exercise. Increased levels of carbon monoxide in the blood can impair vision, perception of time, and coordination.

Constantinos T

Christina, it's my belief that a democratic nation should provide for everyone's health. In Germany heart related diseases have decreased considerably since the smoking ban and thousands of lives were saved.


I disagree with you, Anastasia. The full smoking ban in Cyprus or in any country, considers smokers as second-rate citizens. Also in Cyprus it seems that smokers tend to respect non-smokers' rights but the opposite doesn't happen. In a democratic country, there should be a place for everyone.

Alexia M

On July 1 2008, the Netherlands went smokeless. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and it is illegal to light up a cigarette in restaurants, bars, hotels, and coffee shops. But.... ironically the smoking ban does not apply to joints constructed solely of marijuana or pure cannabis! So sad!

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Oh my! You've just given me the willies!


Sophia, what's the problem? I don't feel a second-rate citizen if I go outside to smoke! And yes! There is a place for everyone! Smokers should smoke outside. Don't forget that we're lucky to live in a country where we enjoy, in average, 300 days of sunshine a year!


This is beyond my ken , Alexia! How can a country allow drugs but not tobacco?


We have a smoking ban here too. In restaurants, you can smoke on the patio or garden or whatever outdoor seating arrangement they have. Except, some health food restaurants don't allow it.


Same here, Agnes. No problem for me. Long before the full smoking ban in Cyprus, I decided that I'd never smoke indoors. Alkis may smoke the odd cigar but he never smokes at home. I don't want him to become a second-hand smoker, so I go outside to smoke.

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