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Bulgarian Parliament Rejects Easing Full Smoking Ban

Society » HEALTH | December 12, 2013, Thursday // 13:46| Views: 1655 | Comments: 3
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Bulgaria’s Parliament rejected on first reading the amendments to the Health Act, which proposed to liberalize the full smoking ban.

The first amendment, proposed by the nationalist Ataka party was refuted with 107 votes “against”, 64 “for”, and 17 abstained.

The second proposal, which was submitted by Socialist MP Spas Panchev, received 76 votes “for”, 106 “against”, and 8 abstained.

The opposition GERB party voted unanimously against the amendments, while the Ataka MPs supported them. The Socialists and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) voted in a mixed way.

The debate “for” and “against” smoking in public spaces was once again quite heated and consumed nearly 3 hours of the plenary session.

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peterperfect - 13 Dec 2013 // 08:54:25

Can someone please tell me where we are at on this subject now? Are we still on a " total no smoking inside" ban or are we back to the segregated smoking/no smoking areas?

Caliguy - 12 Dec 2013 // 17:07:31

My dad use to say "Crap in one hand wish in the other see witch one gets full fastest."

Richiie - 12 Dec 2013 // 14:10:47

For once, the parliament seems to follow the will of the people who elected them. I hope there will be more to come.

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