Bulgarian Govt Proposes Further Amendments to Smoking Ban
The Bulgarian Socialist Party will propose an amendment to the Health Act to allow smoking in stadiums and designated areas in airports.
The draft amendment has been signed by 8 Socialist deputies, reports dnevnik.bg.
If passed, the restrictions would also fall for night clubs, restaurants, cafes, bars, and casinos, provided they can designate special smoking areas.
The full smoking ban was introduced in June 2012 by the GERB government of former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
Spas Panchev, Deputy Chair of the parliamentary group of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, said last week that the full smoking ban in enclosed public places must be dropped before winter.
This sparked controversy and wide public debates on the issue. President Rosen Plevneliev threatened to veto the amendments if they are passed in Parliament.
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