80% of Foreign Tourists Back Bulgaria's Full Smoking Ban – Official
Some 80% of the foreign tourists who visit Bulgaria approve of the country’s full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces, according to a local tourists association chair.
Bayko Baykov, chair of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents, expressed his support on Monday for keeping the full smoking ban.
“It is not true that the turnover of establishments has decreased. What European tourists want is to have holidays in a clean environment and enjoy a clean nature,” Baykov said, as cited by dnevnik.bg.
He stated that the 5% increase in foreign tourists during the previous winter season in Bulgaria was precisely the result of the smoking ban.
Last week, the Bulgarian Parliament’s economy committee adopted at first reading a proposal for amendments to the Health Act aiming to ease the smoking ban in public spaces.
Under the amendments proposed by the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party, the smoking ban would remain in force for administrative buildings, offices, kindergartens, schools, hospitals, and fast food restaurants, but will be lifted for establishments whose area is under 70 square meters. Their owners would be able to choose if the establishment would be smoke-free or not.
The proposed amendments have been met with widespread public criticism, with some 60% of Bulgarians backing the existing ban, according to polls.
The full smoking ban was introduced in June 2012 by the country’s former center-right cabinet.
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English female in Bulgaria, a non smoker, and as a none smoker I'm totally dissapointed in the total lack of effort of the Bulgarian busineses, to ban smoking in there public areas. I find there is total disregard of the people that don't smoke. I myself will not frequent another establishment that doesn't have the grace to acknowlegde or consider the none smoker. Last year I had noticed that the enphesis was on keeping public areas free from cigerette smoke, but this year, it has been a total reverse, and I believ the self appionted goverment that is at the helm for the moment are the culprits of letting this happen, and taking big backward steps. Last week after being in a local bar I had to put all my clothes in the washer and put myself in the shower to get rid of the foul smell that had paluted my being
I'm looking forward to clean air in public places when I return to England. Three cheers for the UK Goverment for caring for its citizens and visitors to the UK, hip hip huray, hip hip huray, hip hip huray.
Personally I have no problem with Smokers sitting in a diffrent room to Smoke their Coffin Nails .
Provided I am in a smoke free enviroment .
I can not give figures on Bulgaria but when 52% of the British population smoked ,Tax on petrol and disel was 15% now it is over 75% .
National Insurance was half what it is now and so was V.A.T. .
plus there was no funding crisis in the health service .
If you want to reduce smoking then the Revenue will have to come from elsewhere.
This means it will come from you .
Advantages for allowing people to smoke .
They will die earlier so will not be a burden on others for years and years to come .
The average 20 a day smoker pays 4 times the amount of tax than any treatment they receive over a 20 year period .
If they die earlier then they will not get a pension for very long or at all so will be less of a burden on the state .
My research is not perfect but I did take a few hours on it .
So..If you want higher taxes then by all means ban smoking .
Personally let them kill themselves and leave more money in my pocket .
This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:
Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.
By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.
Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.
What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.
“I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study...........................
Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!
The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:
Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.
146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY.
A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.
Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!
Irony, mon vieux ;)
I don't think anyone is in any doubt about my views on the present gang in power, their bizarre idea of priorities or the appalling conditions which so many deserving pensioners and aspiring youngsters are forced to endure. However delightful it is to state my disgust about it all over and over again, I find that it sometimes helps to introduce a drop of flippancy into the sea of gloom and despondency....
You would expect that the fight against misery and unemployment, for a better health system, higher pensions and decent eduction, and against the all-embracing mafia should be the top pririties of the government. But no, we are in Bulgaria. Lift of the smoking ban, introduction of a moratorium that isn't a moratorium and appointing chalga singers and mobsters as key players in this government seem to be the only interesting topics with which this government is dealing.