Czech Republic: The Government Did Not Reach A Consensus On Banning Smoking In Restaurants
- Dec 25, 2017 -

The Czech Cabinet neither agreed nor objected to a ban on smoking in all restaurants on August 28th, a proposal proposed by MPs under the Arnold Movement (ANO).

The Czech left-wing coalition government, including the Social Democratic Party (CSSD), the Arnold Movement (ANO) and the Christian Democrats Coalition (KDU-CSL), failed to reach an agreement on the proposal.

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The Cabinet said its initial position was also the general agreement on the ban, but the wider version of the act was even more expected. Ministry of Health plans to submit before the end of this year.

Despite the differences in government opinion, the draft Arnold Movement (ANO) will be submitted to the House of Representatives and the lower house of parliament for discussion at the September meeting.

According to the draft, smoking is prohibited in all public catering facilities, except for outdoor areas of public dining facilities.

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The government criticized the ambiguous words in the draft. The government said it was not clear whether the ban, for example, applies only to tobacco products or also to electronic cigarettes.

The government-prepared bill will ban smoking in restaurants and banned the sale of alcoholic drinks and cigarettes on vending machines. In addition, the restaurant must provide at least one non-alcoholic beverage that is cheaper than the cheapest alcoholic beverage of the same size, usually beer.

The government bill also prohibits smoking in outdoor places in hospitals.

Every year, 18,000 people die of the consequences of smoking in the Czech Republic. Smoking causes 90% of lung cancer and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 10 times. Smokers make up 30% of the Czech population of 10.5 million inhabitants.