Germany to ban smokingin major railway stations

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26 August 2004 , BERLIN - Smoking will be banned at major railway stations throughout Germany in coming years, with smokers facing fines of EUR 20, a rail official announced. Following a two-year trial in a few stations, the ban will now be widened in stages to include all big-city stations, said Deutsche Bahn AG spokesman Heiner von der Laden. "Special smoking zones will be set aside for those who cannot refrain," he said. "People who persist in lighting up anywhere else will be liable to fines." Germany

26 August 2004

BERLIN - Smoking will be banned at major railway stations throughout Germany in coming years, with smokers facing fines of EUR 20, a rail official announced.

Following a two-year trial in a few stations, the ban will now be widened in stages to include all big-city stations, said Deutsche Bahn AG spokesman Heiner von der Laden.

"Special smoking zones will be set aside for those who cannot refrain," he said. "People who persist in lighting up anywhere else will be liable to fines."

Germany has more than 5,500 railway stations, most of which are little more than sheltered platforms in outlying areas. Those small stations will not be affected by the ban.

In recent years Deutsche Bahn has banned smoking in all commuter trains and has sharply reduced the number of smoking-allowed carriages on long-distance trains.

Aside from health considerations, German Rail hopes to reduce litter and clean-up costs at indoor stations.

DPA

Subject: German news

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