Smoking ban comes into force

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Smoking ban comes into force

Along with most other West European countries and in line with the Government’s manifesto commitment, smoking in enclosed public places in Gibraltar will be banned with effect from the 1st October 2012. This measure is intended to prevent the ill-effects of second-hand smoke, as well as the influence among children who are likely to pick up the habit.

The ban will affect enclosed public places such as the Leisure Centre, Sports Halls, the John Mackintosh Hall, Cinemas, Theatres, Bars, Restaurants, Private Clubs, the Air Terminal, Cruise Liner Terminal, enclosed common areas of housing estates etc. The ban will extend to “substantially enclosed premises open to the public”, such as terraces, patios and balconies of such places, as well as yards or frontages which are covered by awnings on most sides. In addition, smoking will also be prohibited in public service vehicles, such as coaches, buses, and taxis.

The occupier or manager of any enclosed public place or of a public service vehicle must now provide and prominently display suitable “No smoking” signs at each entrance to the premises or public service vehicle. It will be an offence for persons to smoke within enclosed public places or public service vehicles and it will also be an offence for the occupier or manager of such enclosed public places or public service vehicles to allow smoking to take place.

‘The ill-effects of smoking are well-known to almost everyone,’ said Minister for Health, the Hon. Dr John Cortes, ‘And I am delighted that Gibraltar is taking this important step to improve public health – and to make public service vehicles, restaurants and bars more family-friendly for their customers.’

For more Information contact: Ministry for Health & Environment
St Bernard’s Hospital
Tel: 200 72266

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