Malta - full indoors smoking ban by 2013..

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But the 2004 legal notice that contains these criteria has now been revoked, and new conditions for designated smoking rooms will be in accordance with criteria established by the Superintendent of Public Health, to be published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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August 31, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Tobacco Control has gone too far! It should be up to the owners of establishments to decide whether to allow smoking or not - this is not something that should be dictated from the unelected FCTC quangos. The whole 'passive smoking' argument is junk science: it can be an irritant but it has never killed anyone. Even former prominent anti smoking activists have said that, and people in the UK and other countries are starting to wake up to the hypocrisy of the whole thing. Follow the money - The whole anti-smoking industry is funded by the pharmaceutical companies who make nicotine patches and gums, etc.