Bulgarian Right-Wingers Slam Rulers' Plan to Scrap Full Smoking Ban
Bulgaria’s Reformist Bloc, an opposition formation consisting of mostly right-wing parties, has strongly criticized the Socialist-led government over its intention to lift the full smoking ban in closed public spaces.
In a statement, the Reformist Bloc has accused the government of planning a “lobbyist move”, suggesting that “certain business circles” have vested interests in abandoning the ban.
Moreover, the Bloc believes the move intends to distract the public’s attention from more vital problems, such as the growing refugee influx in the country.
“As a conclusion, the Reformist Bloc warns you that this government is dangerous for your health and calls for its resignation so that immediate early elections can take place,” the statement says.
Spas Panchev, Deputy Chair of the parliamentary group of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, said Thursday that the full smoking ban in enclosed public places must be dropped before winter.
The ban was introduced in June 2012 by the previous center-right GERB government.
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From Smokers Against Discrimination, the unabridged article: “It’s confirmed: The Smoking Ban will be amended. “The government has presented an amend to the Smoking Ban in all places of public access. The amend is expected to pass by a unanimous parliamentary vote next Wednesday. The “Smoke Ban” – as it will now be called- will, among other innovations, force motor vehicle owners to push their cars in and out of garages and mechanical shops, with engines stopped during the maneuver, so as to protect the health of workers inside. It is expected that this reform, will save the lives of the 4,000,000 mechanics and other employees that die each year from inhalation of motor second hand smoke. Also, the “Free Lung” Medical Association, the College of Physicians Against Cancer and Heart Disease and Action on Smoke and Health (ASH), estimate that coronary diseases will be reduced by 300% and the incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by 615%. On a daring initiative, some parliament members have expressed their desire to further tighten the restrictions on engine use: “People keep telling us that cars are not like tobacco, that people need cars, but that is not entirely true. We propose a blanket ban on the recreational use of vehicles. Vehicles are for real needs, not for pleasure”, they affirmed. They are not alone in demanding decisive action on smoke control, especially to protect children from the harmful habits of adults: “Some parents mindlessly allow children around their barbeques with all that toxic smoke. We demand all sources of carcinogenic PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) be kept away from children at all times. Those barbequing should wear warning aprons. And if unconscious parents won’t keep their kids away from meat and fat smoke, I say we should take away their kids!”, emphatically declared an ASH supporter. “And don’t drink and barbeque!”, she added. Government surveys indicate that approximately 167% of the population would be in favor of the Smoke Ban for motor vehicles, while a further 115% would favor warning aprons and other restrictions on barbeque use” Excerpt from “How To Fight Antis And Have A Laugh”