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Cyprus stubs out cigarettes on New Year's Day

Cyprus stubs out cigarettes on New Year's Day

Cypriots will breathe easier New Year's Day when an indoor smoking ban takes effect in a bid to curb some of the highest levels of passive smoking in Europe.
The ban covers establishments such as nightclubs, coffee shops, betting shops and even elevators. Outdoor patios and other open-air spaces are exempt.
Offenders will face fines of up to (EURO)2,000 ($2,900).
Anti-smoking activists say the habit kills 600 people every year out of a population of roughly 800,000.
Just under a third of Cypriots are regular smokers. European Union surveys show the island leads the bloc in nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke at home with 31 percent and is second only to Greece in workplace exposure with 45 percent.


Updated : 2021-08-03 16:45 GMT+08:00