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Italy broadens smoking ban

Published on January 16th, 2015 00:00

A decade after smoking was prohibited in indoor public areas, Italy's Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said additional prohibitions on smokers are being given consideration.

Smokers could also be restricted from smoking in cars, particularly when children are on board, La Repubblica noted.

Smoking Ban in Public Areas

"Prohibitions will be pointed further," Lorenzin said.

"The ban will start from films and cars with children on board, and then final new actions will be considered. It's a subject to be looked into, and will ultimately lead to a discussion."

On Jan. 10th 2005, Italy started to be the third country in Europe, after Ireland and Norway, to implement a smoking ban in indoor public areas including bars, cafes and nightclubs.

The step was accompanied with protest but since the so-called Sirchia Law was launched, the amount of smoking people in Italy has dropped from 23.5% to 19.2%, as outlined by statistics from Istat, the countrywide statistics company.

Italy also lately restricted smoking in outdoor areas at schools while the minimum age to buy cigarettes was brought up to 18.

There are presently 11 million smokers in the nation, according to study from the University of Turin published early in 2014.

Lorenzin added that anti-smoking activities should be mostly targeted at the younger generation, so as to protect them against starting the lifetime "vice" of smoking.