Bulgarian Parliament Abolishes Full Smoking Ban

Politics » DOMESTIC | May 19, 2010, Wednesday // 15:11
Bulgarian Parliament Abolishes Full Smoking Ban: Bulgarian Parliament Abolishes Full Smoking Ban Only 85 MPs were present for the vote to abolish the full smoking ban in Bulgaria with 65 voting for and 20 against. File Photo

The Bulgarian Parliament passed Tuesday, at second read, the more liberal rules for smoking in public spaces and abolished for good the full smoking ban.

The smoking ban was voted by the previous Parliament and was supposed to become effective on June 1, but the current Members of the Parliament approved the amendments of the Health Care Act, proposed by the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party.

Smoking will now be allowed in separate smoking spaces inside restaurants, bars, coffee shops, railroad stations, airports, ports, and bus stations. In restaurants with less than 50 square meters, the owner is to decide it the establishment will be smoking or non-smoking. In office buildings, employers have the right to designate special smoking spaces. In nigh clubs smoking will be allowed without the requirement to have separate non-smoking places.

The Opposition accused GERB of lobbing and human rights violation.

Only 85 MPs were present for the vote with 65 voting for the abolishment of the full smoking ban and 20 against.

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