January 11, 2010 - The Maltese government has published a legal notice to ban smoking inside ‘designated smoking rooms’, which previously allowed smokers to get their fix inside public places. Designated rooms are enclosed spaces inside restaurants and bars, which according to law must be totally separate from non-smoking areas, have walls from floor to ceiling and be situated in such a manner that they do not require non-smokers to pass through them.
But the 2004 legal notice that contains these criteria has now been revoked, and new conditions for designated smoking rooms will be in accordance with criteria established by the Superintendent of Public Health, to be published shortly in the government gazette.
After 1 January, 2013, it will no longer be lawful for any person to smoke or allow smoking in a designated smoking room. Owners of establishments have to notify the Superintendent of Public Health by March 2010 of the existence of any designated smoking room.
Reference: Full indoors smoking ban by 2013, Malta Today, 1/10/2010.
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