Bulgaria to impose tougher measures against those who smoke indoors

Bulgaria to impose tougher measures against those who smoke indoors

Bulgaria’s Ministry of Health is considering adopting proposals from anti-smoking NGOs for considerably tougher penalties for breaches of the ban on smoking in indoor public spaces such as restaurants and bars, including shutting them down for six months in the event of a second offence.

Bulgaria’s Health Ministry is drafting amendments to existing legislation which took effect in June 2013, banning smoking in restaurants, pubs, and other enclosed public spaces, as well as in close proximity to schools and kindergartens as well as in play parks frequented by children.

NGOs have proposed that the ministry take on board proposals to shut down, in the event of a second offence, places of entertainment for six months – and to legislate the posting of signs explaining why the shut-down has been ordered…/IBNA

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