Germany bans smoking in public transport

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6 July 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Legislation banning smoking in German public transport cleared its final hurdle in a vote in the Bundesrat upper house on Friday, while the 16 states proceeded towards weaker bans on smoking in bars. Germany has agonized for years about a ban, and has decided to take a more modest line than many of its European neighbours which have introduced total bans. Smoking will be banned from September in 450 federal government buildings except in designated smoking rooms. But there will

6 July 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Legislation banning smoking in German public transport cleared its final hurdle in a vote in the Bundesrat upper house on Friday, while the 16 states proceeded towards weaker bans on smoking in bars.

Germany has agonized for years about a ban, and has decided to take a more modest line than many of its European neighbours which have introduced total bans.

Smoking will be banned from September in 450 federal government buildings except in designated smoking rooms. But there will be no exceptions in taxis, coaches and trains.

Smokers face fines of up to 1,000 euros ($1,360). The legislation had earlier been adopted in the lower house or Bundestag.

Bans by the 16 states are to be legislated in the next few months and include a ban in principle on smoking in restaurants, bars and shopping malls. But the owners will be allowed to establish special indoor smokers' zones.

On Wednesday, the city-state of Hamburg was among the first to pass such legislation, but exempted its airport, beer-tents and club- rooms. Smokers face fines of up to 200 euros (270 dollars) for breaches.

The legislation has split the German tobacco lobby, with the biggest maker, US-based Philip Morris, accepting the move and calling for more restrictions on cigarette advertising. Smaller makers oppose the restrictions.

DPA

Subject: German news

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