Beijing, Nov. 1, according to the Central News Agency reported that the local time 1, Austrian bars and restaurants of the smoking ban. It is reported that Austria is one of the latest European countries to ban smoking in indoor public places.
The Austrian Parliament passed the ban in July, allowing the country to get rid of its European ashtray status, the report said. One quarter of Austrias 8.8 million residents smoke, far more than the European average of 18%. The call to ban smoking began more than a decade ago.
It is reported that the Austrian Liberal Party, previously led by an old smoker, stopped attempts to ban smoking in nightclubs and restaurants after joining the government in December 2017.
This caused a strong backlash from the general public and the Austrian medical association, with nearly 900000 people, or about 14% of voters, jointly signing petitions in support of the ban.
However, in May 2019, the Austrian Liberal Party withdrew from the government in the shadow of corruption scandal, allowing the ban to be sent to Parliament for a vote again.
Until now, it has been legal to smoke in bars and restaurants larger than 50 square meters, as long as you are in an isolated space. But such rules are not always strictly enforced.
However, more and more restaurants and cafes have decided to ban smoking on their own.
Source: responsible editor of China News Network: Du Shuo, nb12556