Smoking in Public Spaces Doomed to Fail in Bulgarian Referendum - Poll

February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:34
Bulgaria: Smoking in Public Spaces Doomed to Fail in Bulgarian Referendum - Poll
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Supporters of the existing full smoking ban for enclosed public spaces in Bulgaria will win overwhelmingly if a referendum takes place on the issue, according to a poll.

The latest poll conducted by the National Center for Study of Public Opinion has shown that approximately 61% of Bulgarians are in favor of the ban, while 39% are against it.

Smokers, as well as owners of restaurants and bars, have staged a number of protests against the bans since it was imposed in June 2012.

Bulgaria's marginal right-wing Union of Democratic Forces party announced last week that it will start a petition for a referendum on smoking in public spaces.

Parliamentary debates on the full smoking ban imposed in Bulgaria on June 1, 2012, are set to continue.


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