Lighting up is becoming a more private act as people learn about the effects of cigarette smoke. An increasing number of countries have made it illegal to smoke in enclosed public spaces.
In March 2004 Ireland became the first country in the world to impose an outright ban on smoking in workplaces. Irish legislation makes it an offence to smoke in workplaces, which has the effect of banning smoking in pubs and restaurants.
Following this successful example, Norway and Italy were next to follow suit. Other countries, such as Britain, Portugal and Sweden, have drafted plans to establish similar laws.
These countries and territories have banned smoking in workplaces and/or restaurants: Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cuba, Denmark (in April 2007), France, Hong Kong, Iceland (in June 2007), India, Iran, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Malaysia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico (in March 2007), Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom (in April 2007 in Wales and Northern Ireland and July 2007 in England), and Uruguay.
Other countries have partial smoking bans that are often limited to government offices, schools, hospitals, and public transportation. These include Armenia, Bangladesh, Chile, Czech Republic, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.
The PDF from Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights lists which American states have banned smoking in workplaces and restaurants: Arizona (in May 2007), California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
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